Camp Tech Podcast with Avery Swartz
About This Show
In this digital age, staying connected online is good business. But many people find tech intimidating. Tune it to the Camp Tech podcast where host Avery Swartz will help you navigate the digital world in a beginner-friendly way. Hear tech industry professionals give expert insight into the digital opportunities available to business owners today. You will learn practical tips and discover how to make the web work for you - no previous technical knowledge required.
Most Recent Episode
023: HTTPS and SSL Certification
May 30 17
Guest: Shawn Hooper What He Does: Shawn has worked as a computer programmer for most of his life, and is currently the Director of IT for Actionable Books — His job entails developing all of the internal tools for their staff. He is also a WordPress core contributor. Ponderance: How do SSL certificates and HTTPS help to secure websites? Find him online: shawnhooper.ca In today’s episode, Shawn joins Avery to talk about issues of HTTPS and SSL Certification. During this discussion, Shawn explains some of the technicalities of these things, and puts them in a practical framework that listeners can apply to their own websites. Key Takeaways: [2:50] SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer — this is actually an old protocol, and the new one is called Transport Layer Security, or TLS. SSL/TLS are cryptographic protocols that ensure that the data between your computer, and the computer that you’re getting data from, is encrypted for both sources. [4:50] HTTPS is a secure version of the HTTP protocol. This protocol is the standard that defines how a web browser and a web server exchange data. This covers permissions to request a page, how the server responds to that request, and how it handles errors. It requires an additional layer of security, so it’s HTTP over SSL. [6:30] In your web browser, when you look at the address bar, if it is secure you will see a little padlock. This means you are using https and the connection between you and the site is secure. The URL will also start with https, rather than http. [7:55] Web browsers are starting to call the attention of website owners and the visitors to websites to being more aware of security and to enable https to the websites we visit. The “not secure notice” shows up on pages where there is a form that requires a password or perhaps credit card information that is not secured with HTTPS. [10:05] Another type of warning could come on a page that is HTTPS, but isn’t fully secure. This is a sign of a broken implementation — it might be represented by a broken padlock or an i with a circle around it. [11:54] In addition to security, the biggest benefit of switching to HTTPS and having a secure site will help increase the trust between your customers and y