The release of Firesheep in 2010 at a hacker conference in San Diego increased the vulnerability of browser clients everywhere.  This program allows a cyberattacker to monitor the internet use of others on open, unsecured networks.   Users who use domain extensions with HTTP connections are open to surveillance and being comprised.

This breach of security has been apparent in the internet security industry for years, but now others are aware of the situation as well, especially hackers. The most rudimentary solution is to use TLS/SSL for all website connections, however the only best way for a user to be completely secure is to use a virtual private network (VPN), as opposed to open Wi-Fi connections like those in internet cafes and coffee shops. When an individual uses HTTP, they are vulnerable to any one of the local networks reading their use. Users should, when ever possible, surf the web under HTTPS or a TLS/SSL sessions.  Facebook, for example, allows their clients to choose to surf under HTTPS. Firefox recently released an extension for Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS Everywhere, which turns on all browsers into HTTPS requests giving added security.

Clients who enable secure WI-FI connections are only facing half the battle. Websites need to be secured through encryption at the domain level. Gmail has been using this for all their customers since January.  TLS/SSL sessions used to be considered expensive, however it has become an affordable must have. Banks figured out this years ago! If banks are using this to protect your account information, why aren’t other sites taking the same precautions for their clients?  101domain provides competitive SSL Certificates for your websites that will enable a secure experience for your clients.