Christian Jens

A nerd's diary

Category: Web

How does HTTPS work, a closer look

Many of us put a lot of trust in websites. We do our banking online, buy things in online shops, sign in to web sites and give out personal information. But why do we trust these websites? Probably because we trust the company behind it. Using Amazon is very convenient but to use that service we need to enter a payment method, our credit card for example and an address for shipping. We trust that Amazon will treat that sensitive data consciously. And that’s fair enough, Amazon has a good reason to keep your data safe. But how can we be sure that our data arrives safely? When we send that data to Amazon, we probably don’t want anybody else to read that information on the fly. Well, that’s where the browsers green padlock comes into play. That padlock indicates an HTTPS connection, a secure connection. But how does HTTPS work? Let’s take a closer look

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Secure cookies for the web

So the other day my father and I had one of our infamous tech discussion, one of the kind were the people around us would start a side talk as the two of us would got lost in our topics. One of the subjects we came across, was cookies and he told me he disables them and then selectively enables cookies for a few pages. He also told me, why he does so and it came down to two reasons. First, he is concerned about his privacy – and that is good, we all should be more concerned about that! The second reason is security and the lack of secure cookies. Cookies are not evil in themselves, they are, however, often implemented poorly and therefore I can understand both concerns. So, let’s see how to tackle cookies in the web.

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