SSL meaning, benefit and identification
Few days ago someone tried to create panic by posting that Royalty7 has removed SSL encryption from their website and that they are going to scam very soon. I went to the website of Royalty7 and saw that SSL encryption was working perfectly fine as always. Then one of the reader asked me how did I check and verify that. I thought it would be better to make a post about SSL encryption for the benefit of all current and future readers of Hyip Investigation. Actually it is very simple and needs just a few clicks from you. But before that I would like to explain what SSL is and why it is beneficial for a business and its customers.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is an encryption technology which was created by Netscape. What SSL do is that it creates an encrypted connection between a web server and visitors browser. This encrypted connection helps in transmitting information securely. It prevents from eavesdropping, data tempering and message forgery.
Any computer in between you and the web server can see your username and password if the website is not encrypted with SSL. But if SSL is enabled no one can read the information except for the server to whom the information is sent thereby protecting it from hackers and identity thieves.
256 bit SSL encryption is the highest possible encryption available these days. You might also find 128-bit protection which is considered to be enough for security but 256-bit is double the level of security as compared to 128 bit.
Ok now how to check SSL encryption? Well it is very easy, your browser will show a green or blue bar all over the domain name or next to it. Just click on it as shown in the image below (on Firefox). Once you click on the bar a window will open showing you some basic information. You might see a lock icon next to the domain name in case of Chrome so just click on that.
After that click on “More Information” in case of Firefox or “Certificate Information” in case of Chrome and page information window will open. Then Under website identity click on view certificate and so in the certificate window you can see the organization name and SSL certificate validity period.
In case of Chrome once you click once you click certificate information a new window will open then at the bottom of that window click on more details. There you will find all the details about the SSL certificate related to the website.
Keep in mind that Royalty7 does not force ‘https’ by default so you will need to click on ‘comodo secure’ button below the ‘log in’ form to browse the website securely.
As you can see in the above image SSL on the website of Royalty7 is working fine and it is valid till 27, August 2012. Whoever claimed that Royalty7 has removed SSL from their website is absolutely wrong. In fact if you take a look closely, Royalty7 is encrypted with the highest possible SSL encryption which is 256 bit.
Anyways on some websites you will see that the connection is only partially encrypted which is something sloppy but on most of the professional websites you will find the connection is encrypted to prevent eavesdropping on all the pages. This is a small thing that helps you find a program run by a professional administration.
Now you know how to check whether a website is SSL encrypted or not and how long the SSL certificate is valid. Go now and try it on other websites of your interest. That is all for today, see you soon.