Monday, August 29, 2011

Some technical limitations to SSL at the protocol level

Even if all web searching occurs over SSL, a passive traffic listener may still be able to observe DNS look-ups. A highly capable source may be in a position to sign certificates with a standard, pre-installed certificate authority (CA), which again would allow intercept without any apparent warnings to the user. A determined, skilled malicious party could potentially interpose himself into the network traffic and present a spoofed certificate to the user. In many cases, this will result in a certificate warning to the user. If you see a certificate warning, the protection may not hold. An adversary with the ability to install root certificates on the machine could potentially interpose himself into the network traffic without any warnings appearing. SSL will be the new name of internet in the days to come
, users should use it when they are using some of the popular applications like Google search, Facebook,Twitter and so on. All these applications and website do provide option for SSL in their setting so use it as yours information is vital and to protect it is yours responsibility , as SSL send data in encrypted format it might be slow but it is safe and encrypted and gives the user a safer or locker  for protection. Dial up users might face difficulties but try this with chrome browser or Opera with turbo on and you will se the speed and enjoy the safe internet. SSL is a clear privacy and security benefit .

If a Web server supports the SSL protocol, the Internet address for the server will begin with https:// instead of http://. Check to see that the URL you're on starts with https:// instead of http://. Most browsers provide a visual confirmation (such as an icon of a lock) in the address bar or in the status bar at the bottom of the page. On Google SSL search, you'll also see a special Google SSL logo with a lock icon. In addition to this logo, be sure to also check the https:// text in the address bar and any browser lock icons.

While SSL helps prevent intermediary parties, such as ISPs, from knowing the exact search that you typed, they could still know which websites you visit once you click on the search results. only Google web search supports search over SSL, so searching Google Images, for example, will not be encrypted. It is recommended that you enable Windows Firewall when transferring files using Web Folders. To open Windows Firewall, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Windows Firewall.

Links of interest:

  1. Google SSL Search 
  2. Web history  
  3. how to prevent and remove malware
  4. Microsoft help and support centre


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