Site-wide SSL now in force for vastly improved security

In an effort to keep those interested up to date with the latest developments with this site, I can explain a little more here about how and why SSL security has been implemented here at Linguaquote.

On every page of the site you should now see the infamous padlock in your browser address bar. This is the modern emblem of internet security. While no security measure is ever infallible, it does still offer a marked improvement over unsecured connections.

What does it do?

SSL certificates encrypt each connection to the site server using one of a selection of industrial/military grade encryption algorithms. In our case, for those who care, we have a 256-bit AES encryption securing  browsing for the site's users.

This means that if a linguaquote user were to be the target of an information theft attempt, while working on a public network in a cafe or workspace for instance, the attacker sniffing the airwaves for your login details and file uploads would only see encrypted data, with no means to practically decrypt it this side of the year 2050.

How did we do it?

Using a seven-step process we did the following. All in all it only took a few hours to complete:

1) Obtain an exclusive IP address for the site from our host
2) Ensure site WHOIS information is correct
3) Issue CSR (certificate signing request) from our host
4) Order SSL certificate itself (RapidSSL from GeoTrust)
5) Install certificate on our host server, enable new IP
6) Back-up and encrypt certificates for safekeeping
7) Test site

And that was it, all in all. It was quite simple to install the certificate ourselves, even though our host would have preferred us to buy their solution at three-times the price. That would have reduced the workload, but we'd have had nothing further to share with our security-minded users!

Questions and comments welcome and encouraged, as ever.

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