One Year Anniversary

It has been one year since this blog was first published. With the anniversary celebration I am also updating the looks of this site. Many readers asked for a larger, more readable type and so here it is. This blog received over twelve thousands visits in the first year and many email inquiries have come in. I hope to continue to be able to answer queries promptly, so keep the questions coming.

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© 2011 Ludwig Keck

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Why can I see an “https” site without signing in?

The “s” in “https” stands for “secure” (“HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure”). This used to show up mainly when shopping or banking online, where you normally signed in to your account. Many other sites use “https” to provide a secure communications link between the site and the user’s browser. In particular Windows Live SkyDrive uses https full-time, even if you are not signed in or are viewing a friends SkyDrive albums.

imageThe “secure” part applies only to the connection, not the site nor your browser. You must still be careful about the site – make sure that you really are on the site you wish to visit.

Only the connection is secure. This protects you from someone snooping in the next booth or from a car outside. You are not protected from the person looking over your shoulder!

The Google Chrome browser provides information about the connection when you right-click on the little padlock icon in front of the web address.

Setting up the secure connection happens when you first get to the site. You wont notice this fascinating routine. First the site’s server performs a key exchange with your browser. This too is done securely, in the illustration you can see the listing of “RSA as the key exchange mechanism”. If you are interested in the inner workings, you can find plenty of information on the Internet. Normal traffic after the key exchange is then done with a faster method that uses 128-bit encryption.

Be careful when reading your email in a public place. Not all email services have switched over to https. Gmail, as an example, uses secure communication. Moving documents to and from SkyDrive is done with secure connections.

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© 2011 Ludwig Keck

 

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Welcome to Ask Ludwig – Here you will find some articles and discussions about computer and digital photography issues. Some explanations, some basics, some tips.

There will shortly be a way to ask questions – then I will try to find the answer for you.

Look in next week – things should be getting underway shortly.

Ludwig