SSL (HTTPS) Is Here!

Actually it always was, just only on the WebTerritory.net main site. Now SSL is available for the entire WebTerritory Network! Showcases and even our email service are now SSL protected.

So what’s the big deal?

You may have noticed that more and more sites are using SSL for their everyday stuff (not just online transactions). We’re not just talking about sites like eBay or Amazon that do online transactions all the time, even Facebook, Twitter and YouTube automatically switches you to SSL access on their sites.

Why? The short answer is better security and privacy.

It all boils down to hackers (the bad ones aka black hats) on the internet from the common jerk (cyber vandalism) all the way to the professional cyber criminal (profiteer/racketeer).

Having a site protected with SSL help prevent the most common tricks these people do such as

  • Eavesdropping: When a hacker is eavesdropping on your communications, it is referred to as sniffing or snooping. If the information is not encrypted, a hacker can have full view of the data between your computer and the website (ex: see your passwords).
  • Data Modification: Data between your computer and the website that is modified. Ex: Adding or replacing links/images/ads not from the real site.
  • Spoofing: Basically a website pretending to be another, hackers will set up a temporary website somewhere that looks like the real thing to collect user data (credit cards, passwords, etc.). SSL helps prevent this by having a site certificate that identifies the site (the padlock symbol on your web browser).

If a site has SSL then it is bulletproof.

NO! SSL is not the total security solution it is only part of. Use good security practices such as strong passwords (it don’t matter how strong the lock is if you can easily get the key for it), also use other security measures (have up to date antivirus and firewall installed) and be aware/vigilant (if it looks suspicious it probably is).

The last one especially, remember cyber criminals do what they do for a living so they are going to be good at it. I recommend reading the security documentation at your bank website and/or ‘Deal with Suspicious Activity‘ and ‘Educate Yourself Against Identity Theft‘ by PayPal Canada.

 

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