Category Archives: Security

Ultimate (Beginner’s) Guide to SSLs

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Have you ever heard of an SSL and wondered what it’s for? You’ve heard that your website might need one, but googling it only returns overcomplicated graphs, encryption algorithms and mile long articles. The information out there is so boring it’s easy to give up and switch back to watching tiny hamsters eating burritos.

However, there’s an easy way to learn about SSL that we know you’ll love…

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Why is SSL Important?

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Imagine you’re on a bus having a conversation about your sensitive financial data with your bank account manager, or chatting about camerapersonal details with a friend. Everything you say can easily be heard by anyone around you. This is how the Internet would look like without SSLs – it’s like you’re saying your bank account number, passwords, or secret love confessions out loud for all to hear. Sounds terrifying, right? An SSL certificate, in this context, would allow you to speak a language that can be understood only by you and the party to which you’re speaking. To the other “passengers” around you, however, it would sound like a white noise.

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Cyber Security in 2015

No one was immune to the impact of cyber criminal activities in 2014. It will be remembered as the year of the Heartbleed bug that caused a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library; the Poodle attack against outdated SSL 3.0; the sunset of the SHA-1 cryptographic algorithm, which was frequently affected by cyber attacks; and the Shellshock software bug.

Many e-commerce giants, popular smartphone applications, and government and health organizations were also actively attacked by hackers in 2014.

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