Encryption

Rainbow tables

What are rainbow tables?

Rainbow tables: they may sound innocent, but they’re actually a strong attack method for cybercriminals. Using rainbow tables, you can find out specific passwords in just a few seconds. To protect yourself and your users from such attacks, you should understand how the tables function. We explain rainbow tables using an example.

3D Secure

3D Secure: Mastercard and VISA are becoming more secure

These days, credit card fraud primarily takes place on the internet. Criminals use hacked information to take advantage of customers, retailers, and banks. In order to make internet purchases more secure, credit card companies like VISA and Mastercard have released a new version of 3D Secure. It is intended to offer more security and convenience - all in accordance with the EU’s PSD2 regulations.

Chrome 56: changes to make the web safer

Google is planning to label unsafe websites in Chrome

For two years now, Google has been actively promoting SSL encryption for websites. The search engine giant started acknowledging data transfer protection as a ranking factor in 2014, but now wants to go one step further. Users of Google’s browser, Chrome, will soon be actively warned about websites with unsafe data exchanges. This articles explains what the planned changes are and which...

ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR: the best solutions

ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR: how to fix the Chrome bug

Chrome is the world’s most widely-used internet browser. The application scores points not only when it comes to security and speed, but also with its features such as cross-device synchronization of user data. But errors can occur even when surfing with Google’s wonder weapon. These can lead to the browser crashing or prevent certain pages from being accessed. The error message...

UTF-8: encoding global digital communication

UTF-8: the network standard

UTF-8 is method of Unicode character encoding, which claims to cover all modern languages for data processing. The format has significantly influenced international digital communication. But what exactly does “UTF-8” mean? And what is special about UTF-8 in the Unicode character set? Here you can find out which structure the coding is based on, and which bytes are permitted in the standard...

Honeypots: IT security through decoy programs

What is a honeypot?

Businesses use IDSs (intrusion detection systems) and firewalls in order to keep attackers away from sensitive IT systems. These safeguards can be enhanced through so-called honeypots, which bait hackers to isolated network areas where more information on their attack patterns can be collected. Find out more here on how honeypots work and with which programs honeypots can be implemented for both...

How to Protect Access to your Cloud

Using cloud services securely

In the digital age, we are increasingly resorting to cloud services: At work, people collaborate on projects together in the cloud, and in their free time, they share photos from their last vacation. At the same time, cloud storage is by no means free from security risks. The multi-cloud environments of larger companies, in particular, are becoming a challenge for cloud security. Here, we will...

Man-in-the-middle attack: an overview of attack patterns

Man-in-the-middle attack: attack patterns and countermeasures

A man-in-the-middle attack is a deceitful espionage attack which aims to listen, record, or manipulate sensitive data being sent between unsuspecting internet users. To do this, hackers rely on methods that enable them to position themselves, unnoticed, between two or more computers communicating with one another. We introduce you to some well-known attack patterns and countermeasures that can be...

Web analytics and data privacy

Web analytics: data privacy when creating a profile

Tracking tools can provide website operators with a useful indication on how to adapt an online project to suit a target group. These tools focus on user profiles, which reveal how users find the website, and which content provokes interactions. This information is based on user data, which can be subject to stringent data protection guidelines in some countries within the European Union. Find out...

Server Name Indication

Server Name Indication (SNI): What’s behind the standard?

What is server name identification, really? Encryption technologies play a big role when it comes to surfing on the net. Credit card data and other personal information must not fall into the hands of criminals. For now, TLS is one of the protocols used for this purpose. But it has a disadvantage: it only functions when each IP address only hosts one domain. If multiple virtual services are...


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