WATCH: SSL Certificate Explained in Simple English

Everyone’s freaking out about the Heartbleed vulnerability that’s affecting some of the most popular sites on the web. Heartbleed is a vulnerability in OpenSSL. Confused about what SSL actually is? The video above explains SSL using paper dolls and simple English.

OpenSSL is a free, open-source encryption technology that is used by an estimated two-thirds of web servers. OpenSSL differs from SSL in that OpenSSL is free, while other SSL encryptions are issued by trusted authorities and usually cost money to have on your site. The “SSL” stands for “Secure Sockets Layer,” a cryptographic protocol for communicating securely online.

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