Don’t Lose Trust – SSL Issues

One of the mechanisms to keep Internet traffic safe is to use encryption - you can see this working if you visit a website and you see the padlock icon in your browser (it can be in a variety of places depending on which browser you're using). The encryption is possible through the use of what's called an SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate which is issued by a Certificate Authority (CA).

The CA has the responsibility of making sure the website who is presenting you with its security certificate is legitimate - there are checking processes which are supposed to be followed, and for critical sites (eg banking, high profile online shopping, government, defence etc) there are a LOT of hoops to jump through to get their certificates, which means they cost more.