Millions set to lose secure web access next month
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Millions set to lose secure web access next month.
This week we are going to be talking about secure web browsing and how millions of people, on January 1st, will lose access to secure versions of Facebook, Google, and thousands of other websites. And how for some websites which only have secure version, access may be lost completely. So what is going on here?
Many of you will be familiar with the gold or green lock that shows up in web browsers when you land on a secure webpage. This lock indicates that you are connected to the site using a secure cryptographic protocols such as SSL or TLS, meaning that the connection between your computer and the server you are talking to is secure. The lock also indicates that the website you have connected with is the one you intended to, and not a spoof website or another attempt to trick you into providing your information to someone with bad intentions. This is ensured with a valid security certificate issued by a trusted CA, or Certificate Authority.
And this is where the problem begins. Over time security on the internet has become tighter and encryption algorithms have become more complex as computing power has increased and the nature of threats has changed. This leaves older encryption methods lacking when it comes to providing security to end users. For this reason, support for the older SHA-1 cryptographic hashing function is going to be dropped by major websites and browser makers beginning on January first. This is unofficially being called the SHA-1 sunset, and when it happens, millions of people, mostly in the developing world without access to modern equipment, will lose access to secure web browsing.
For a more detailed look at the issue, take a look at this article from Ars Technica.
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