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Encryption

  • December 13, 2017

    The Ultimate Guide To Encryption

    Encryption is one of the most important forms of data security. It is commonly used to protect sensitive user information and to protect stored data. You can also encrypt your data yourself. We’ve covered the best ways to encrypt your data below. What is encryption? Data encryption is a method in which data is translated into a code with an algorithm. It can only be decoded with a decryption key. Unencrypted data is called plaintext. After the encryption process, plaintext turns into a ciphertext, which can only be viewed if the correct key is applied for decryption. Getting more in-depth There are two types of encryption algorithms. Symmetric-key cryptography applies the same key for both encryption and decryption. In this case, the sender should exchange the key with the recipient for decryption. Asymmetric cryptography (also known as public-key cryptography) uses a public and a private key. The keys are mathematically linked to each other. The public key can be shared with everyone but the private key should be kept secret. Why encryption? Encryption is considered one of the safest methods for keeping your data secure, even if someone gets access to your computer and files. Encryption secures sensitive internet channels like messaging platforms and online payment methods. To remain private and secure, it’s essential that you care about the security of your stored data and online activities. For your online security, setting up a VPN service is one of the best ways to remain private and secure. Here is a guide for VPNs you can use to increase your online privacy. Combined with encryption and strong passwords, you can make sure that no one will be able to approach and compromise your data. Are you interested in how you can encrypt your files properly? Then keep reading… Forms of encryption...
  • No matter the size of a business, websites are essential. They are an excellent way to connect with customers and clients, market, network with other businesses, build your brand, and build credibility. When customers reach a business website, they expect to find one that is smooth, reliable, quick, easy to navigate, and secure. In fact, the most important aspect of any business website is its security. This is especially true for business websites that sell items and services or collect personal information. If the website is not secure, then customers will not feel safe, which can potentially cause serious damage to revenue. Not to mention that it can kill the credibility of a business if your site gets hacked and all of the customers’ personal information is stolen. Check out the following ways you can improve the security of your business website: Make Sure You Are Using Up-to-Date Software. One of the biggest mistakes businesses can make with their website is to use software that is not up-to-date. This means that hackers are more likely to be aware of ways to get into the site and take advantage of the software. Additionally, an outdated software can cause conflicts with other programs that you use on your site, which can cause the site to crash or increase vulnerability. As soon as the software offers an update, install it right away. Are You Using a Secure Host? Perhaps, when you first started your website, you did not give too much thought as to who would host it and what their security was like. Choosing which company hosts your website is actually a very important step. You want to pick one that puts an emphasis on security and follows all of the current security protocols and measures. Additionally, your hosts should be backing...
  • December 13, 2012

    Encrypt Browser Traffic

    We hear about the hackers who steal people’s sensitive information and often even their identities. So some of us decide to take action and employ some software to encrypt all inbound and outbound traffic from our computers. Nowadays there are several encryption programs that can provide a layer of security to the internet traffic of the user. Many people are not convinced or do not know about their necessity and their value. Business like banks and online retailer’s make internet transactions safe by implementing an encryption/decryption stage between the program one uses to access the internet and the server it connects to on backend. Let’s SSL and TLS in more detail. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is the time tested security protocol for encrypting information that is sent across the internet.  SSL has been replaced by the new but similar TLS (Transport Layer Security) and it is often used everywhere on the web for email, messaging, faxes, and file transmission.  Typically data is encrypted using 1024-bit and 2048-bit RSA.  In other words, it helps keep people from eavesdropping in on what you’re transmitting between your computer and the destination server. If you want an extra layer of security you need to encrypt you browser traffic and use a non-Operating System integrated browser like Firefox or Chrome. Encrypt Firefox traffic For this you will need an addon Visit the add-on’s website https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere Click the big blue button that says Encrypt the web Install https everywhere. Restart Firefox Firefox Tools > Add-ons Click the Extensions tab of the Add-ons window Then HTTPS-Everywhere Click the Options button  Click Allow to give it permission. Enable All Encrypt Chrome traffic Same process is going to apply to Chrome and the addon is found at the same site https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere Your going to want encrypt you chrome Sync as well Go to...