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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by cubancigar2000, Oct 29, 2009.

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  1. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Just watched a CNN news show. They had a computor guru explaining secure and insecure web sites. If the site has https it is secure, if it is just http it is not. The only site I could find with an s was ebay. Even TS.com is not secure. Guess that is another reason we need internet security on all of our computors
  2. Charles.F.Phillips

    Charles.F.Phillips TS Member

    Oct 6, 2009

    Take what CNN says with a grain of salt (a good practice regardless of the subject). Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the encryption protocol used in https to encrypt data sent by the server to you and be unencrypted at your end by your browser so that no one except the most serious of hackers can read the data off the wire (packet sniffing). This is useful for sending private data to you and for you to do credit card transactions without someone reading your card number as it flies through the wire.

    OTOH, there is extra processing overhead when the server has to encrypt and unencrypt all traffic coming and going, thus slowing the server down, so it's generally not used without good reason. Trapshooters.com doesn't hold any personal data, nor does it perform financial transactions, so it's no surprise that it's not running with SSL. Also, many sites that do transactions only use SSL when you are in the shopping cart in order to minimize the usage of SSL to only the times when it's actually needed.

    Also, SSL does nothing to protect the data already sitting on the server, so there are many other practices that have to be put into place to consider the server as "secure."

    R/s,<br />
    Charlie<br />
    Senior Software Developer<br />
    ManTech Information Systems & Technology
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