Purpose of SSL
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a method of security that implements an encrypted link between a client and a server. Encryption means to scramble data so that anyone trying to intercept the information will have difficulty doing so. This security protocol exists to protect the privacy of users as well as preserve data integrity so that nothing becomes corrupted. An authentication process also occurs to make sure that each participating device is who they say they are.
How to Know a Website is Secure With SSL
A website will display a padlock next to the URL to signify that uses socket layer encryption to protect the data. Clicking on the padlock will reveal more information regarding the status of the security and SSL certification. A website that does not use Secure sockets will say “Not Secure” in place of where the padlock would be.
Why is SSL no longer updated?
TSL (transport layer security) was created due to a necessary update to the Secure Socket Layer. The two are so similar that the names are still making confusion to this day by users. The name only changed because of the modification in organizations that were responsible for the updates. SSL receives no new updates as of 1996 while TSL is the current encryption method.
By Kelly Mallari
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