In other words, the vulnerability occurs when the data is de-crypted at the user or server rest point. That is where a hacker can strike and collect de-crypted information. Users should be using firewalls and anti-virus software for precautions. Websites need to look at storing information in secure servers, offline or in remote access cloud solutions.
Myth: My website is totally secure because my website is HTTPS, data encrypted and has a green lock appearing on my URL in browsers.
Truth: Browsers have no solid method to understand how secure your website is from a broader sense apart from the SSL certificate on your website.
The green icon lock that browsers use to denote a secure connection is too easily misconstrued as a signal that the site is “secure”. Just because a site uses HTTPS doesn’t mean it’s not storing sensitive information such as passwords or credit card information in a non-secure manner somewhere else.
Myth: Having your data encrypted means it cannot be stolen.
Truth: Unfortunately there is no 100% fail safe method to protect encrypted data from being stolen. However the benefit is , if your data were to be stolen it would be difficult for anyone to de-crypt the information since encrypted data cannot be de-crypted without a de-cryption key.
Myth: HTTPS slows down websites.
Truth: HTTPS on its own has no real noticeable effects on website speed.
Myth: SSL certificates are only for banks or e-commerce stores.
Truth: If you’ve got data about customers, products, employees, or market that you believe is sensitive, then you should always encrypt it.
Overall, HTTPS is a great first step for increased online security, but more steps need to be taken beyond HTTPS for greater online security. As highlighted in this article, HTTPS has its own vulnerabilities and isn’t a magic bullet for online security. Additional steps must be taken such as firewalls, anti-virus software and server encryption to improve online defences against data breaches and hackers.