Safety Tip #2, Verify SSL Connection

Internet Safety Tip #2

Develop a habit of checking for an SSL Connection (Secure Sockets Layer) BEFORE logging in or entering ANY information in a web form.

Verify Your SSL Connection

Pros: 
The information you receive and enter travels over the network encrypted. This usually makes it extremely difficult for others to monitor your communication as it travels between your computer and the website’s server.

Cons:
You need to learn how your browser shows you that your connection is secure and remember to check for the “https” in the URL Address Bar.

Difficulty: Easy

Details (AKA The Long Version):
When you connect to a website via https versus http, a complicated security handshake occurs. If this handshake is successful the browser will indicate that the connection is SSL Secure. In Google Chrome it does this by adding the word Secure and a Lock image to the Address Bar. Most legitimate websites that require ANY KIND of log-on will use SSL. It is important to remember that if you don’t have a secured connection your web traffic is EASILY READABLE on the Local Area Network as well as other places using a packet sniffer. Many criminals have been caught setting up packet sniffers on free Wi-Fi networks in coffee shops, hotels, airports etc.

Having a secure connection is not enough. You also need to learn how to verify you are really connected to who you think you are. More next time.

SSL:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security

Packet Sniffers:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packet_analyzer

How easy is it to capture data on public free Wi-Fi? – Gary explains:
http://www.androidauthority.com/capture-data-open-wi-fi-72…/

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