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The importance of SSL, TLS as well as Code Signing

by Mountain Computers Inc, Publication Date: Saturday, July 15, 2023

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In the past week, updating a website for a client who had switched to another web design company was fun. That's okay that they switched, the odd thing was that their website old and new was broken in the process. Ugh.
 
What does that have to do with SSL, TLS and of course my favorite, Code Signing.
 
1. SSL is required now on every website, its free and paid for. You choose. Just do it or have it done.
2. TLS 1.1 or higher is required and SSL 1.0, 2.0, and yes, even 3.0 is banned.
3. Code Signing is required on all your code development, no questions asked.
 
What are the benefits of SSL?
 
Well, for one end to end encryption of your clients traffic. Does that mean the folks like Google are not able to watch? Well, yes and no. Depending on your clients SSL configuration in their Internet browser (e.g. Firefox, Edge, Chrome, and Safari, and others..), the DNS providers to your home and business may still be watching what you look for via DNS queries, and/or search engine queries.
 
The Achilles heel in this is your browser DNS SSL query lookup configuration.
 
What is TLS all about?
 
This is a bit trickier. It is the next version of SSL on your application traffic.
 
What is Code Signing?
 
Let me get back to that. If you are a developer, you will know. How do you do it easily? Well, that depends on your level of skill and the requirements of your development team and production rollout team.
 
regarding the website being broken or somehow not configured correctly and in limbo, Yes, yes, being the good guy I am and ethical, I went back and helped them fix it and switch it over.
 
 
more to come...
 

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