Understanding SSL connections
The Secured Sockets Layer (SSL) connection made simple.
This computer training boot camp section will cover SSL connections.
We want to make sure anyone that surfs the internet understands just what SSL is designed to do and what can make your Secured connection not so secure.
From online shopping to online banking SSL connections simply identify the server to your browser. Think of it as a name tag on your jacket. You "John Doe" have registered your name tag with the name tag department. Now we will tell others that we know you and trust you.
The name tags (SSL) is read by your internet browser. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, etc. They all have stored certificates or name tags and others offer you the option to click on the SSL to see who has registered it.
Basically the differences between a Banks SSL certificate or name tag and your local shoe repair shop is the amount of money they pay for the name tag (SSL certificate). For you it's important that something in the certificate (name tag) identifies the website owner and has some 3rd party saying they trust the site.
Then it's all up to the encryption levels. 128Bit SSL is the standards today. The shoe shop and the bank no matter how much they paid for their name tag can have the same level of encryiption. This means security between your browser and their server is secured on the same level.
So what can you do to make sure the SSL is really SSL. Here we will be reviewing from time to time different websites that offer SSL connections. Good or Bad you need to see them all so you as a internet surfing bandit can see what to look for.
Banks are typically the least secure when it comes to following good program rules to keep the SSL connection alive without questions. Often with third party objects your once secured page has it's 100% SSL connection broken by a simple image or any element not setup to run from the actual server that was issued a name tag.
Sound confusing? You bet it does. And not only is it confusing you (the website visit) has to learn how to determine if the website is secure enough for you to check your million dollar bank account online.
Below the comments box you will find a list of articles.
Each article will cover a typical SSL connection experience. To better train you (our visitor) we often need to show you broken SSL connections. If you know how to identify something is wrong then you can be better armed when it comes to keeping your personal information secure.
There are some very important notes but the first one we would like to offer you is a SSL connection is designed to encrypt your personal information. The information you send when you click on "Login In" needs to be encrypted between your browser and the server holding the SSL name tag.