The few remaining users of Internet Explorer 6 are about to get a rude awakening when the internet abruptly stops working for them very soon. It's about time.
While it's not causing Heartbleed-levels of panic—yet—this news is a little disconcerting: Google has discovered a vulnerability in an older version of SSL, which basically keeps everything we do on the web protected.
A year ago, heavy duty encryption technology was something cybersecurity professionals, privacy nuts, and the odd investigative journalist cared about. Then the Snowden leaks happened. Suddenly, we were all acutely aware of how exposed our data is to the prying eyes of spies and hackers alike. But it doesn't have to…
It's been just a few months since the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw was discovered, and we're again learning about gaping hole in the widely used security protocol. The good news is that there's a fix. The bad news is that the vulnerability has existed for a decade, and we'll never know how much it was exploited.
Heartbleed is a scary thing. Aside from the violent-sounding name, the vulnerability in OpenSSL security protocols spans the entire internet and affects most of the sites we know, love, and use on a daily basis. Even outside of Heartbleed, not all security protocols are created equal. So how do you know who to trust?
It's pretty much agreed that Google's Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption is a good thing. Why not get a little free protection given that our search queries are often a good way of piecing together exactly what's going on in our lives?
In the midst of the revelations about the NSA's sweeping surveillance program, many people held out hope that the news reports simply weren't true—they are—while others clung to the idea that they could somehow protect themselves. If the government has its way, pretty soon that hope will be lost.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is used to encypt your online communications in everything from banking and shopping to Gmail and Facebook. Now, Google is integrating this same security measure for all logged-in users' queries. Here's what's in it for you.
Do you use Gmail? How about Facebook? Maybe Amazon? All of these rely on SSL, an encryption technology that keeps what goes between you and a website. It's the little lock icon. Now two guys say they've cracked the code.
That little lock on your browser window indicating you are communicating securely with your bank or e-mail account may not always mean what you think its means.