What Is a Bit Encryption?
When looking for a SSL certificate you will see in the product information that SSL certificates use bit encryption. You may not be aware of what bit encryption is or you may be after a little more information about the levels of bit encryption.
What is a bit, or bit encryption?
When you purchases a SSL certificate, you will be prompted to choose the type of encryption you wish to purchase for you site.
As you probably aware by now SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL certificates allow your web site to receive payment and/or personal and sensitive information from your customers via a very secure channel. The certificate will the jumble up all the information using a system of coding and decoding in order to keep any third parties from stealing any of the sensitive information that has been submitted.
There are a few different levels of bit security that are available with a SSL certificate:
256 bit encryption
The usage of a 40 bit is extremely rare these days due to online security standards changing, web browser standards and that 40 bit is no longer regarded as being as secure as the current industry standard of 128 major factor to consider is the price and whether you wish to make your website totally secure buy purchasing a SSL certificate with the protection of 256 bit.
What is a “bit”?
SSL certificates will encrypt any information that goes through your website turning the actual information such as payment details into useless information that cannot be read or understood by a third party or anyone trying to intercept it.
The encrypted information will only appear useless to any third party who does not have the proper decoding software, which is done by using a KEY. The key which is provided with your SSL Certificates allows you (or rather your SSL) to be able to decode the information. This is the key element in protecting your customers and your website from threats of fraud and against cyber criminals.
When you are talking about encryption and the form in which in turns your data into your talking about what is called a bit.
A “bit is a single piece of information which is then represented by a number such as a 1 or a 0. So for example if a piece of information contained 100 characters it would contain 100 bits.
A few years ago 40 bit encryption was the norm, though today it is not considered to be as strong as modern bit security. As cyber criminals gained new techniques and computers became faster which allowed criminals to process larger number combinations quicker, higher encryption SSL certificates have been developed.
256 bit v 128 bit encryption
Take a look at the difference between a 128 bit (which is regarded as the standard now) and the old 40 bit.
The bit encryption is a massive difference which will make it much harder for cyber criminals to decode and gain access to your information. You gain all of this extra security from a 128 bit SSL certificate so imagine what a 256 bit can do!? Well we will tell you.
You’ve probably worked out by now that 256 bit is even stronger and will offer the highest level of security to your website. Both the 128 bit and the 256 bit SSL certificates use what is called a Advanced Encryption Standard or AES, which is a special algorithm specifically designed and engineered for them.
In summary if you are looking to purchase a SSL certificate and you are on a budget, a 128 bit encryption is perfect and will do a great job. You may not require a 256 bit encryption, and paying for it may not be an option to you if you are on a tight budget. If you are concerned about online security and you want the extra security for your site, go for a 256 bit and you can sleep easy at night knowing that your website is as safe as it can be.