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HTTPS in the real world | Robert Heaton

When you begin reading any introductory explanation of HTTPS , you are quickly whisked away to an alien planet inhabited by a savage society. On this world the entire population knows at least the basics of offensive computer networking, and coffee shop wi-fi connections are overflowing with attackers trying to steal each others Facebook passwords. Desperately holding these attackers at bay are nothing more than the raw power of HTTPS and a handful of trusted Certificate Authorities (CAs) run by incorruptible treefolk who live in the mountains.