We need a simple indicator to quickly indicate a site is likely safe and two states green (good) or red (bad) is as simple as we can make it. How we go about that is up to us. Whether this is down to domain name registrars, certificate authorities, browser developers or some other party we need to improve on where we are.
As of November 2017, 27.7% of Alexa top 1,000,000 websites use HTTPS as default, 43.1% of the Internet’s 141,387 most popular websites have a secure implementation of HTTPS, and 45% of page loads (measured by Firefox Telemetry) use HTTPS.
An SSL Certificate issued by a CA to an organization and its domain/website verifies that a trusted third party has authenticated that organization’s identity. Since the browser trusts the CA, the browser now trusts that organization’s identity too. The browser lets the user know that the website is secure, and the user can feel safe browsing the site and even entering their confidential information.
For those that have tried to deploy SSL, myself included, there are a number of issues to be mindful of. The most common seems to be with how assets (i.e., images, css, etc…) are being loaded once you make the switch. I went ahead and put together a little tutorial to hopefully reduce the potential anxiety you might feel with this undertaking. This will be especially important if you are using our Sucuri Firewall.
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This post helped me figure out what was going on with my servers behind a load balancer in AWS. The servers serve up port 80 but the load balancer was doing the SSL on 443 so I kept getting mixed content before adding the code snippet.
What this effectively means is: Am I on the site I think I am, is this the business I expect to be transacting with and effectively am I safe here? This is what really is on consumer´s – and everybody´s minds these days. When we stopped working, when we put down our calling cards or badges at the end of the day we are consumers likewise and stop and think about all the different sites that you go to when you do your banking, your e-mails or when you go on a social-media site. There are certain indicators of trustworthiness that you come to expect. That´s not much of a surprise, given the environment that´s going on in the world.
You guys are easy to work with and very helpful. I really appreciate that you took the time to explain the differences between a regular and EV certificate so I could make the best decision for our company.
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HTTPS secures data in transit – it does not secure the website itself. If you have HTTPS enabled, it will not stop attackers from attacking your website and exploiting its weaknesses. Additionally, if your website is hacked, it will not stop the distribution of malware; in fact, it’ll only distribute the malware securely. While HTTPS is definitely an important piece of the security framework for any website, it’s important we don’t get caught up in the noise and distort it’s true purpose and value. Read more…
To fix the issue of mixed content errors, the solution is simple – replace all links using http:// with https://. Depending on your CMS, the process you go about doing this may be different. In WordPress there are a few solutions. Read our post section regarding updating all hard coded links to HTTPS for more information.
There is yet another method to block certain types of websites from opening – using the same Internet Options dialog box. Click on the Content tab. Based upon your version of Windows, you might see “Content Advisor” or “Family Safety” button. This option is used to restrict certain types of websites from opening for different users. That means you can use the option to block websites at the user level. If you know the password, you can click the button and change settings. If not, you will have to ask permissions from your parents or network admin. Here too, you can use a portable browser to bypass restrictions.
Of course it’s ironic that it’s the Social Security Administration that’s made a bit of a botch of this but it’s an all too familiar scenario. Tesco did it, so did Versa Lift, so did Top CashBack and a heap of others I haven’t previously written about. It’s rampant.
I’ve run into something that has me confused. I visited a site that shows http in the address bar. When I went to the payment page a pop-up window was opened with no address bar. There were all kinds of verbiage that state the site is secure but how do I verify that I’m connected via https to a site with a valid certificate?
Ideally you should use the services of a payment gateway provider who provides this service for you and keeps the payments off your site. They have the highest levels of security for managing this type of sensitive data.
Sending credit card or bank information on a non https: site can be very dangerous as your financial information can be snatched out of the air. If they have a PayPal payment option, that would protect your financial data, but your address and other information you enter on their page would be out there, potentially available to hackers. It would be a personal decision whether or not to send that information to a non secure site.
Secure unlimited subdomains Choosing the ‘Wildcard’ option below means the certificate is issued to *.yourdomain.com. The certificate can then be used on an unlimited number of subdomains. Any new sub domains you add to your site will be covered.
The Trust Indicator, which name I’ll use for the purposes of this fantasy, is designed to keep the strong aspects of the padlock — in that it still signifies whether the properties and credentials of all connections for the page are verified — while improving on its weaknesses mentioned above.
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I don’t know if your history was also deleted (that’s different from autocomplete) – it would have required a separate task (click on the star next to Favorites on the tab toolbar and then click on the History button to check). If so, then I’m afraid the same situation applies – either System Restore will have fixed it or the information is permanently lost. Incidentally, it is extremely unlikely that this occurred through random pushing of buttons – it was almost certainly intentional (though the fact that it couldn’t be undone or maybe even what was being done may not have been realized).
The highest level of validation, Extended Validation (EV), is the safest and most extensive. With Extended Validation the company requesting the certificate has to prove their identity as well as their legitimacy as a business. You can tell if a site has an EV certificate by looking at the address bar. Browsers show a green address bar with a lock icon for websites with EV certificates, as shown in the picture below.
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Tony is the Co-Founder & CEO at Sucuri. His passion lies in educating and bringing awareness about online threats to business owners. His passions revolve around understanding the psychology of bad actors, the impacts and havoc hacks have on website owners, and thinking through the evolution of attacks. You can find his personal thoughts on security at perezbox.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @perezbox.
The Secure Socket Layer protocol was created by Netscape to ensure secure transactions between web servers and browsers. The protocol uses a third party, a Certificate Authority (CA), to identify one end or both end of the transactions. This is in short how it works.
Once you give an online retailer your information, it’s their job to protect the data that you gave them, so it’s important that you be careful who you trust with your information online. But how do you know who to trust? How do you know if a site is legitimate and if you should give them your data?
If your site has forms that ask for sensitive, personal information you should be using an SSL Certificate. Otherwise, that data is transmitted in clear text. Not having SSL on your site could mean that you are missing leads due to vistors not filling out forms on unsecured pages.
Once the connection is complete, a padlock icon and HTTPS prefix appear in the visitor’s browser bar to show them they’re safe to share personal details. If you install an EV (Extended Validation) SSL, the browser will activate the green bar and display your company name to prove you’re legit.
Developers have the option of configuring an SSL encryption for newly developed websites, and there are even options available for changing older pages to HTTPS. The first step involves acquiring the SSL certificate for the corresponding domain.
^ Jump up to: a b c Thomlinson, Matt (2014-11-11). “Hundreds of Millions of Microsoft Customers Now Benefit from Best-in-Class Encryption”. Microsoft Security. Archived from the original on 2014-11-14. Retrieved