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That A+ feeling

Back when I launched my first web service, I came across the SSL Labs. This is a free service that allows you to check the status of a website in terms of its encrypted transport layer

Eh?

You know, the little green or grey lock symbol on your web address bar that let’s you know the traffic between you and that site is encrypted.

Fundamentally, you probably don’t care about this unless you are buying something with a credit card over the web or asking your bank to do something.

People discuss that you should ALWAYS have encryption to establish trust but actually, all people say and do stupid things sometimes so for me it’s more about ensuring someone who shouldn’t have my data doesn’t have it.

Anyway, when I first set up these protocols on my server, SSL labs gave me an A+.

I’m guessing you lost it?

Yes, as time moved on, standards naturally rise but as a hobbyist, it became non-trivial to keep up the good fight. Especially as my chosen OS doesn’t natively support the latest and greatest protocol.

Which means heading off into new water.

If you’re playing with Centos 7, this site is really useful and helped me get my A+ back: https://zurgl.com/how-to-get-a-100-score-on-ssl-labs-red-hat-centos-7-x-apache-lets-encrypt/.

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