A few years ago, Heartbleed was all over the news, and in the beginning 2018 Meltdown and Spectre have been making the rounds. But what are they exactly? While they sound like they should belong in a James Bond film, they are essentially faults in the system that could lead to sensitive data being accessed. While there hasn’t actually been any large-scale data breach, the potential for one is there, which is why people are concerned about it. We’re going to do our best to explain it to you below.
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Radar Hill has been in business for 16 years, and the magnitude of change in the 21st century when it comes to websites is staggering. What was a shiny new website just 5 years ago can now be outdated and leave your business with a huge potential gap in visitors and clients. There are various measurable ways that the World Wide Web has changed in 16 years, and we are publishing a “Then and Now” blog series to illustrate what a website in 2017 requires to stay current. This edition: SSL.
The World Wide Web (WWW) and its Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), one of the languages used to communicate across the Internet, triggered a new way of sharing information. A generation ago, information was not sent via electronic wireless venues, rather everything was written down on paper. If there were secure files stored in a safe for example, you would know immediately if there was a breach, as you would be able to see any damage done. And even once the Internet became prominent, what was available for hackers to access was very limited. There were no banking records, personal identities or other personal data that were stored in cyberspace that could be accessed from anywhere at anytime.
The Internet has evolved immensely in its 24 years of public use. Everything is done online. And what you need to remain secure is constantly changing. Hackers are eager to always tear down defences and exploit weaknesses, to get your information. There has been an increase in cybercrime in the last few years, with the emergence of robot networks that enable criminal activity to be conducted on an unprecedented global scale. Anyone can be targeted, and it just takes one little slip and hackers can intercept all kinds of information. However, there is something that can help combat the risks of the Internet, and that is SSL.
On Friday the 13th, join us for a talk and workshop on password security.
Almost every week, there is a news story about a site being hacked, or a data breach. Maybe you have experienced this directly? Last summer the login credentials of 117 million LinkedIn users were sold on the black market. Continue reading
As a site owner or even just as an Internet user, you may have heard whispers about SSL lately. A tech-savvy friend might have stressed the importance of using “secure sites”, or you may have seen an article announcing Google’s new favouritism for SSL. Maybe you read about the Heartbleed incident a few years back.
You may have brushed those mentions off. After all, what does some vague technical acronym have anything to do with you?
But the truth is this: SSL keeps your business safe.
How? It is an Internet security protocol that is used to encrypt information as it travels between the website server and your customers’ computers. This prevents mischief-makers from intercepting, reading, or changing that information as it travels.
SSL (which stands for Secure Sockets Layer; you can read more about it here) isn’t a new thing — it’s an established and reliable technology that’s been around for decades. It gets adopted more widely every year as the Internet gets bigger and more threats — from minor Internet vandals to malicious hackers —arrive to take a slice.
The sooner it’s on your website, the sooner your customers — and you— can reap the benefits.