Some of you may ask what an SSL certificate is?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from gathering your data. Most websites that sell products will have this to make sure none of your personal information is easily accessible for anyone with a bit of computer minded knowledge. You will know when the website is secured because it will have a little padlock at the start of the browser with the following text “HTTPS – Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure” with these two protocols to look out for, you can carry on doing as you were intending to.
How does it work?
When an SSL certificate is installed on your server it will encrypt all information that is being sent between two points. It is usually between server and client, but there are times when server to server and client to client encryptions are needed. This article will focus only on the negotiation between the server and client.
What should I do if a website is not secure?
If you are only going on to the website for general information or to read an article, you should be fine. However, if you are going on to put in personal information I would strongly suggest not to as your personal information could be gained easily. If you are still going to purchase or sign-up to anything I strongly suggest that you read their Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. This way you will know where and who might have access to your information. If you don’t feel comfortable on the website leave the page and delete all history and cache on your device or devices.