Safer Browsing - HTTPS and SSL

Credits Mariel Garcia, Spyros Monastiriotis, Mallory Knodel, DJ Last Updated 2016-06

This module illustrates one of the most common Internet encryption protocols - secured HTTPS connections between users and websites using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Trainers may wish to confirm however, when preparing for in-class demonstrations, that they are not directing participants to visit websites that have been banned.

Learning Goals for Participants

  • Learn the difference between unprotected (HTTP) and protected (HTTPS) traffic.
  • Learn what kinds of information can be exposed in both cases.
  • Learn to spot a secure SSL connection in a Web browser.
  • Learn to install and use HTTPS Everywhere.

Important Notes

This session illustrates one of the most common Internet encryption protocols. However, trainers may wish to confirm, when preparing for in-class demonstrations, they are not directing participants to visit websites that have been banned.