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Dispelling Some SSL-Related Myths

July 19, 2017 | By Kimberly Reynolds

SSL encryption has become a must for online businesses in order to survive this security threat-ridden digital world of today. They secure the way these businesses communicate with their clients from various forms of hacking and also prevent identity theft by allowing the browsers that the clients are using to validate – check whether the intended recipient is indeed who they claim to be – their online business before any crucial information is relayed.

Despite offering these security benefits against malware and other cyber threats, there are a few companies that don’t implement this SSL encryption. The reason? There are many misconceptions doing rounds regarding how SSL technology is “complicated, costly, slows websites down” etc., etc., which in reality is making the internet a more dangerous place every day. This blog tries to dispell some of these SSL-Related myths and attempts to make the internet a better and secure place.

Myth 1: SSL is Complicated, Slows Down Website Performance

Yes, SSL encryption could once be blamed for being complicated and slowing websites down. But, with time, technology has advanced and these days, it is possible for SSL processors to reach speeds as fast as 44,000 SSL connections per second (CPS) for 128B file sizes. Moreover, using server load balancing technology, you can offload compute-intensive SSL/TLS from web servers for faster processing of SSL traffic.

Myth 2: Block Disreputable Websites and You are Safe

Disreputable websites are not the only ones you should be keeping yourself away from. Often legitimate websites are exploited and become breeding grounds for malware – good example is the use of malicious adware across legitimate websites – posing danger to visitors. On top of that, you should also consider the risks posed by mobile workers who bring in various devices – their own or supplied by the company – into the organization’s network. Therefore SSL encryption is a must to counter all these security issues.

Myth 3: Self-Signed SSL Certificates are Reliable

One of the worst possible myths about SSL doing rounds is that ‘Self-Signed SSL Certificates are Reliable’ – usually spread by advocates who think SSL Certificates are high priced. Yes, they may be high-priced, but unfortunately, self-signed SSL Certificates are not good alternatives to the SSL Certificates which are properly issued by reputed third-party Certificate Authorities (CAs) like Comodo, etc., So never settle for self-signed SSL Certificates.

This pointer takes us to the next myth, which is: SSL Certificates are expensive.

Myth 4: SSL Certificates are Expensive

Many people don’t have enough knowledge about the importance of SSL Certificates in web security. They believe SSL Certificates are so expensive that they avoid implementing them for web security. What they don’t understand is that not all SSL Certificates are priced the same and that you can choose cheaper ones based on your business needs. For example, if you are a start-up, and don’t have much money to invest, then you can go for SSL Domain Validation (DV) Certificates which specifically target ‘newbies and startups’ who have a low budget for website security.

Myth 5: SSL Certificates are only for E-Commerce Websites

Not necessarily. Although E-commerce websites need these certificates the most, other websites too can use them to their advantage. For example, Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter have already moved to “https” or “SSL” to indicate their web security level has enhanced. And many other online enterprises have to use them. So SSL Certificates are not reserved only for E-Commerce Web sites.

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