|| By Woody Leonhard |
Two brazen Web-server break-ins this year call into question one of the Internet’s fundamental security mechanisms — website security certificates.
Because the most recent breach affected only PC users in Iran, most of us assume we’re immune. But we’re not; here’s why — and what we can do to protect ourselves.
The mainstream press has gone gaga over the story and has produced a blizzard of ill-informed and misleading reports. If you can join the words hacker, Iran, and browser with a few technical-sounding nonsense words and then speculate wildly, you, too, could be writing copy for one of the major news outlets.
Below, I explain exactly how security certificates work, and I describe the perversity of the certificate-issuing process: how we got into this fine mess and what we can do to stay out of it in the future.
Get our unique weekly Newsletter with tips and techniques, how to's and critical updates on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google, etc. Join our 460,000 subscribers!
Subscribe and get our monthly bonuses - free!
The Windows 7 Guide, Volume 3: Advanced maintenance and troubleshooting provides advanced tools for keeping Microsoft's premier operating system up and running smoothly. Get this excerpt and other 4 bonuses if you subscribe FREE now!