The Mystery Of SSL, Also Known As TLS, And How It Keeps You Secured

When the average person uses the internet, they will see a lot of symbols and words that they do not know the exact meaning of.

They just know that the words and symbols are supposed to verify that you have a secured web browsing experience in session.

Even a lot of technical adept people that work with a computer everyday, do not fully know what the meaning of some of those words are.

They just have the same blind faith as a person who does not work in computers.


SSL Certificates

One of these technologies includes a SSL certificate.

You see it all of the time while your surf the Internet but it is still a mystery.

Hopefully we will be able to lift the veil off of the mystery and allow you to get a good ideal on what this technology does.

When the internet was still in it’s infancy, as far as the mass public knew, it became obvious that there was going to be a need for a secured way to do transactions across the web.

When the internet was first created, the last thing that the people who used it were worried about, was the security issues that might happen.

Not that many people were on the network at the time and it was real easy to see who had logged on.

But as commercial interest grew and more people hoped on the web from around the globe, there became a need for a serious security layer.

This is where SSL first began.

It allowed the data that was being floated back and forth on the internet to go through, with an encryption layer around it.

This means that your data has to be signed with a key on both ends before it can be read by anyone.

SSL was the old standard but you still see the symbols in use today when you look at several different web sites.

They will tout their SSL features, since that is the encryption feature that everyone knows about.

TLS – Transport Layer Security

In reality, the SSL standard was retired in 1999 and replaced by TLS, otherwise known as Transport Layer Security.

It was the same principle but just an upgrade and a bit of rewriting, over the previous standard.

It works pretty much the same way but it fixes a lot of the flaws that were in the previous versions.

Hopefully we have cleared up what SSL is and why it is important for you and the web sites you visit.

It is another layer that will keep you secured against hackers that are trying to get into your information.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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