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Beginners Guides: Encryption and Online Privacy

Beginners Guides: Encryption and Online Privacy - PCSTATS
Abstract: This article aims to cover the basics of online security, including a description of the methods online stores use to protect themselves and their customers.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Sep 23 2003   Mike Dowler  
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How to know that you are using SSL

So how do you know that the website you are visiting is correctly secured by SSL, and is using a digital certificate purchased from a trusted certification authority? First of all, look for "the lock" in the bottom right hand corner of the browser window (in IE anyway's).

This indicates that the page you are viewing is being transferred to you via a secure, encrypted connection. Accessing the tool tip on the lock will indicate the type and strength of the encryption, while double clicking it will bring up the details of the digital certificate that you have accepted to enable this connection.

Clicking the 'certification path' tab will show you the origin of the certificate.

Further, note that on the address bar, the normal 'http://(your.current.URL)' has likely changed to 'https://(your.current.URL)' indicating that you are communicating through port 443, the SSL well known port.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Encryption and Online Privacy
 Pg 2.  Encryption
 Pg 3.  Public key and symmetrical encryption methods
 Pg 4.  Digital Signatures
 Pg 5.  — How to know that you are using SSL
 Pg 6.  Browser security concerns
 Pg 7.  Managing Cookies
 Pg 8.  Temporary Internet files folder
 Pg 9.  DIY privacy, encrypting your files
 Pg 10.  Creating a recovery agent
 Pg 11.  Exporting a data recovery certificate

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