HTTPS

  • Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport. But in reality, most smaller websites don’t offer these kind of secure connections because getting the kind of digital public-key certificate that makes HTTPS connections… Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    So far this week, at Black Hat, I have learned to deeply mistrust: passwords, chip-and-PIN cards, USB devices, HTTPS connections, more than two billion phones, governments worldwide, all human societies, and my sense of the ridiculous. You should mistrust all those too! Sorry. What follows is a summary of the most eyebrow-raising talks I attended or heard about: Read More

  • Google Says Website Encryption – Or Lack Thereof – Will Now Influence Search Rankings

    Google Says Website Encryption – Or Lack Thereof – Will Now Influence Search Rankings

    Google will begin using website encryption, or HTTPS, as a ranking signal – a move which should prompt website developers who have dragged their heels on increased security measures, or who debated whether their website was “important” enough to require encryption, to make a change. Initially, HTTPS will only be a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global… Read More

  • Twitter Enables "Always Use HTTPS" Setting


    So did Ashton Kutcher complain after he got Twitter hacked at TED? As of today, Firesheep weary Twitter users can check the “Always Use HTTPS” setting at the bottom of Settings on their profiles. HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure uses the SSL/TSL protocol in addition to HTTP to ensure encrypted communication over a secure channel. This protects users on insecure… Read More

  • Facebook Beefs Up Security With Social Captchas and All HTTPS, All The Time

    Facebook Beefs Up Security With Social Captchas and All HTTPS, All The Time

    Facebook is introducing two new measures to beef up security: expanding HTTPS connections as an all-the-time option and using social captchas to authenticate users who have lost passwords. Let’s take these one at a time. The social captcha feature is pretty clever. It will replace regular captchas (those slightly warped letters you are asked to re-enter to prove you are human) with… Read More