When you go to a website, you might come across a message saying that the connection is not secure. Unsecure websites display the “Not Secure” warning which appears on all pages using the HTTP protocol because it is incapable of providing a secure connection. This means that the data transmitted to and from the website that you are trying to access has a greater possibility of being intercepted by hackers. How did we fight this and make your information secure? With a Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL.
What is an SSL/TSL?
An SSL is an encryption-based Internet security protocol developed by Netscape in 1995 that provides authentication for a website and enables an encrypted connection. In 1999 the Transport Layer Security (TLS) became the successor protocol to SSL. It works in much the same way as the SSL, using encryption to protect the transfer of data and information.
How does an SSL/TSL work?
To provide a high degree of security, SSL encrypts data that is transmitted across the web. This means that anyone who tries to intercept this data when you are doing everyday things, like submitting your username & password, will only see a garbled mix of numbers, letters, and special characters that is nearly impossible to decrypt.
SSL initiates an authentication process called a handshake between two communicating devices, like your computer and the website server, to ensure that both devices are really who they claim to be. Then it digitally signs data in order to provide data integrity, verifying that the data is not tampered with before reaching its intended recipient.
How can a business get an SSL/TSL?
That Guy Sketch offers free SSL certificates for any business that gets a website built by us. Websites created with online builders, like Squarespace, or WordPress managed plans offer SSL. There are also free SSL certificate providers like Cloudflare and Let’s Encrypt. Websites may need to set up an SSL certificate on their origin server as well.
More about SSL/TLS
For more on how SSL/TLS encryption works or to get an SSL installed on your website, send us a message. We’d love to answer any questions that you have!