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You are secure here…

Recently, Cool Home Theater Gadgets (CHTG) moved from http:// to https://

This means that you now have a secure connection when browsing on the site. As you can guess…the “s” at the end stands for secure. This means that everything you do at CHTG is private and can not be monitored by others, such as hackers. Not because it has so much importance at CHTG because neither you nor anyone else gives CHTG any sensitive information, account number, username/ password etc.

Well, now CHTG have installed a so-called “SSL certificate” that makes the connection to the site safe. All secure sites that have an SSL certificate have a URL starting with https:// instead of just http:// and you should also see a lock that shows that the site is secure. In Google Chrome, it is also stated that the site is secure before the URL:

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Never pay and shop on sites without SSL

If you ever visit a site where you should provide a credit card number, social security number, bank account number, password or username, you should check that it has a URL that starts with https:// otherwise there is a risk that hackers will come across your sensitive data.

If the site does not have an SSL certificate, it’s OK to continue browsing around the page, but you should never enter any sensitive data on it. Banks, stores or any other site where you have to enter that kind of data that don’t have SSL should be avoided. But keep in mind that there are sites that start with http:// but establish a secure connection when you fill out a form, for example, when you pay for a product or login. You can see if it happens directly in the browser’s address field.

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However, there is another advantage of surfing a site that uses a secure connection. It is that you can be absolutely sure that you browse the right site and that it is really the domain owner who owns the site.

If a site does not have an SSL certificate, there is a risk that a skilled and evil-minded hacker will be able to place a code on the site that directs the visitor to another dangerous site without the visitor noticing it. The site may look the same, but if you provide any sensitive information, the hacker will immediately access that information, which is the purpose of the duplicate site.

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About the security certificate at CHTG

The SSL certificate that CHTG use is issued by Let’s Encrypt who is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. It is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG)

ISRG is a California public benefit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ISRG’s mission is to reduce financial, technological, and education barriers to secure communication over the Internet.

This means that you will get a more secure and privacy-respecting connection when you visit CHTG. In most browsers, such as Chrome and Safari, you can always click on the lock in the address bar on SSL secured sites and you can find out which company that is the publisher of the certificate.

So to wrap up…from now on, you can always surf safely on CHTG, safer than ever 🙂

Read more?

If you are interested in knowing more about this there are a lot more to read and you can really get deep into the technicalities if you want.

Here are some places for those who want to read more:

SSL:

https://www.globalsign.com/en/ssl-information-center/what-is-ssl/

SSL Certificates:

https://www.globalsign.com/en-ph/ssl-information-center/what-is-an-ssl-certificate/

Certificate Authority (CA):

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certificate_authority

 

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