What are Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security

The terms behind the abbreviations SSL and TLS are respectively Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security. These are security protocols used in private networking to enhance the security of the internet connection. Both protect sensitive data such as location, IPs, and personal information that can be extracted from those.

How does SSL work?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) hides the personal information flowing from server to client from potentially malicious third parties. For example, when shopping online you fill in your name and credit card information in your browser and send it to the retail website you are making a purchase from. SSL encrypts that sensitive data so that you don’t have to worry about someone stealing it.

Is TSL better than SSL?

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is a newer, and more secure version of SSL. It does basically the same things but with an added layer of security. You can think of it as an updated, newer type of SSL. Many internet security experts even use the terms interchangeably. Both have two layers under which they operate. The Record Protocol and the Handshake Protocol. These two layers come above the transport protocol that your network uses to transfer data to the service – TCP/IP for example. The Handshake protocol encrypts the data asymmetrically and symmetrically to protect your personal information.