18 Dec

What do security certificates actually do?

There are two parts to sending information securely over the internet — encryption and identity verification. Security certificates play a vital role in this verification and you may have seen warning messages in your browser about certificates being out of date or somehow incorrect. Let's look at how these certificates are used so you can hopefully have more trust in your online interactions and make informed choices when warnings appear.

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3 Dec

What does a secure web connection actually do?

When you surf the web you may require privacy, whether it's because you're sending financial details, researching sensitive information or simply wanting to keep your data to yourself. For this purpose, an increasing number of websites and services are using secure web connections, shown by a padlock or similar indication in your browser's address bar. Such websites also use "https://" at the beginning of their address rather than "http://". Think of it as automatic encryption. But what protection does that give you? How much of your surfing data is secure?

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