Articles tagged: https

Are HTTPS Connections Really Safe?

Https is an important part of keeping your data safe, but it’s only a part. It’s important to understand what it does and doesn’t mean.

How Does a VPN Protect Me?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a fully encrypted, private internet connection via a VPN provider. I’ll look at what protection it offers.

Can My ISP Monitor My Internet Usage?

Your ISP controls your internet connection, and it’s easy for them to monitor the data you send and receive. The question is, why would anyone monitor your internet?

How Do I Change My Website to Be an https Secure Site?

Setting up an https-secure website is both simple and complex. The HTML doesn’t change, but you’ll need different hosting for the secure layer, as well as a certificate, to provide the security of https.

Why Can’t We Use https for Everything?

HTTPS provides validation and encryption, two important pieces of security. Using it for everything is possible but costly, and issues would remain.

Why SSL?

I recently switched Ask Leo! to SSL, partly as a statement and partly for fun. I’ll explain a little of what goes on behind the scenes.

What makes a site secure?

A secure website means the site owner has jumped through the technical hoops necessary to qualify for https. Safety is another thing all together.

If we login to a site securely will our other activities be secure?

Once you are out of https pages you are out of encryption. But there is one good way to secure all your online activities.

How does website or VPN encryption work?

Using a bunch of mathematical magic, a key pair is generated. But that’s just where the fun starts.

Will adding an “s” to http make my connection secure?

If you can turn http into https and it works, that means that the site has a security certificate. So why aren’t they using it?

I’m not seeing a padlock with my https site. Is it safe?

https should be safe as long as the padlock icon indicates that the certificate is correct. That proves that you’re visiting the site that you believe you are. If you don’t see it, you should be concerned.

Why Does My Browser Warn Me that “Only Secure Content Is Displayed?”

Often, when a secure https site is fetching images from its unsecure http counterpart your browser will flash a security warning. It’s common, but is it something to worry about?