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How Does Secure Socket Layer (SSL or TLS) Work?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Secure Socket Layer, SSL for short, is a protocol by which enables services that communicate over the Internet to do so securely.

SSL has recently been replaced by TLS (Transport Layer Security).  TLS is newer and more secure than SSL (See TLS vs SSL: What is the difference?); however, from a lay-person’s perspective of “how does it work,” they are functionally the same.  We use the term “SSL” to refer to both TLS and SSL in this article for simplicity.

Before we discuss how SSL works and what kinds of security it provides, let us first see what happens without SSL.

Life on the Internet without SSL

This is, for example, what happens when you go to any web page whose address begins with “http://” (and not “https://”).

Let us compare communications on the Internet and communications between people over the telephone. Without SSL, your computer-to-computer communications suffer from the same security problems from which your telephone communications suffer:

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Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Standard SSL Certificates are issued by an Certificate Authority (CA) such as Thawte after the CA performs some basic standard validation on the identity of the certificate request to ensure that the certificate is not issued to “the wrong hands”.

The types of validation performed for standard SSL certificates vary by the type and cost of the certificate, but include:

  • A confirmation email message sent to the domain administrator as specified in the domain’s entry in the WHOIS database
  • A confirmation email message sent to a standard administrative email address at the domain itself, such as “admin@domain.com”.
  • The name of the organization owning the domain name may be validated.

You should purchase SSL Certificates that use the above forms of validation in order to:

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Advantages of LuxSci/Comodo TLS Certificates over Go Daddy

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We are often asked by customers  why they should pay more for an SSL certificate from LuxSci/Comodo instead of purchasing from a third party provider like GoDaddy.  I.e., what justifies the added expense?

There are two key considerations in choosing Comodo SSL certificate from LuxSci:

  1. The recognition of an SSL certificate from Comodo
  2. A web site seal from Comodo that you can place on your site
  3. The benefit of LuxSci managing the order process, installation and subsequent SSL renewals.

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