Thursday, February 8, 2018

Checking Your Browser's Encryption Level

TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are the acronyms for the standards used to encrypt data between your web browser and the website you're visiting.  As bugs in these standards are discovered, they can be exploited to steal your data, and using the best is a good idea.  TLS 1.2 is the latest and greatest, followed backwards in time by TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0, SSL 3.0 and SSL 2.0.  Keeping your web browser up-to-date is critical to keeping your computer safe, and with some websites beginning to accept only TLS 1.2, you might like to verify where you're at, and this website is your click away from knowing.  My Chrome web browser gets their highest rating "Probably Okay", but better wording might be "The Best Available, At Least For Now", as TLS 1.3 is around the corner.

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