Towards More Secure Browsing

Part One in a series of articles from Ars Technica. Topics include https and it’s two main ingredients: TLS (transport layer security) and SSL (secure socket layer), certificates and their certificate authorities (CA), and VPN’s.

Take-home message: “Make sure sites you put your personal information into—credit card numbers, addresses, passwords—all use signed digital certificates and some form of SSL or TLS encryption. If you regularly work with confidential information while using public networks, consider using a VPN to keep your data protected from other, potentially malicious users on that network.”