It's Time For an Internet Explorer 6 Intervention

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. » 10/15/14 10:36am 10/15/14 10:36am

Google Found a Vulnerability In the SSL Encryption That Keeps Data Safe

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. » 10/14/14 7:01pm 10/14/14 7:01pm

How to Encrypt Everything

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… » 6/05/14 4:40pm 6/05/14 4:40pm

Internet Vulnerability Left Encrypted Data Exposed For 10 Years

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. » 6/05/14 11:34am 6/05/14 11:34am

How Secure Are Your Favorite Websites?

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? » 4/10/14 2:24pm 4/10/14 2:24pm

You Don't Have To Use Google's Search Encryption If You Don't Want To

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? » 11/03/13 3:56pm 11/03/13 3:56pm

The Government's Coming For Your Encrypted Data Next

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. » 7/24/13 12:00pm 7/24/13 12:00pm

Google Searches Just Got a Bit Safer

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. » 10/19/11 8:40pm 10/19/11 8:40pm

Researchers Break Browser Encryption that Protects Almost the Entire…

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. » 9/20/11 8:50am 9/20/11 8:50am

Save Your Weird Searches For Encrypted Google

With all of the high-profile privacy lapses we've been seeing lately, no one would blame you for wanting to keep your Google searches, well, your Google searches. Google's new beta service does just that, protecting your queries with SSL encryption. » 5/22/10 4:30pm 5/22/10 4:30pm

Law Enforcement Appliance Subverts SSL

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. » 3/24/10 5:20pm 3/24/10 5:20pm

Researchers Create Web Skeleton Key With 200 PS3s

Using a cluster of 200 PS3s, an international group of researchers have crafted a "skeleton key" digital certificate that can perfectly impersonate any website on the internet. » 12/30/08 5:40pm 12/30/08 5:40pm