5 Facts About SSL and the Websites You’re Visiting

As we all know, cybercriminals never rest. With security breaches continually on the rise, many websites have gone to extensive lengths to increase protection. One such method is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Here are a few things you should know about SSL:

What is SSL?

SSL is a standard first created in the 1990s to ensure that data is exchanged securely between a web server and a browser. The encrypted link that is sent from the website to end users confirms that data being passed remains private.

How do you know if a website is using SSL?

Many websites you visit on a daily basis most likely use SSL without your realizing. SSL is indicated by a padlock icon in the URL window of a browser and also by web addresses that begin with “https” rather than “http.” When shopping online, make sure the website you purchase from has this padlock and “https”!

Can I employ SSL on my website?

In order to set up SSL on your website, you first need to purchase an SSL Certificate that is sold by Certification Authorities. The Certification Authorities will then go through an extensive process to verify your request is legitimate. Ultimately, you will receive an SSL Certificate and Private Key that allows you to implement SSL on your website.

Is SSL foolproof?

Unfortunately, SSL does have weaknesses that prevent it from being immune to cyber-attacks. Viruses such as Heartbleed, have affected SSL applications.

Will issues ever get fixed?

Many technology efforts are currently focused on purifying SSL’s workability. For example, Let’s Encrypt is a project meant to encourage more encryption online. And of course, SSL bugs are fixed when found. As always, multiple forms of protection are recommended for any digital activity.

Have any other questions about SSL or website security? Give us a call at 970-419-0602.

May 12, 2016

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