Jar­gon Buster

Mac Format - - CLOUD SYNCING -

SSL stands for Se­cure Socket Lay­ers. It’s a pro­to­col that se­cures all com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween a client and a server; in prac­tice that means be­tween a web browser or mail client and the site you’re vis­it­ing or your mail server. It’s trans­par­ent to users, but usu­ally de­noted by a small pad­lock sign ap­pear­ing in your browser.

En­cryp­tion is the process of ob­fus­cat­ing data into a for­mat that es­sen­tially looks like a string of gib­ber­ish, were you even able to in­ter­cept it. A key gen­er­ated on one end of the con­nec­tion al­lows the soft­ware at the other end to un­der­stand and de­crypt the in­for­ma­tion. This hap­pens trans­par­ently and es­sen­tially in­stan­ta­neously for the user.

The key­chain on your Mac is method for gen­er­at­ing and stor­ing pass­words and other lo­gin data in a se­cure for­mat. If you use iCloud Key­chain, Sa­fari is able to gen­er­ate ex­tremely com­plex pass­words and share them across all de­vices you have cho­sen to trust with that in­for­ma­tion.

Since en­cryp­tion hap­pens on your de­vice, it shouldn’t mat­ter whether you log into the cloud from your home broad­band net­work or from your cel­lu­lar de­vice. The in­for­ma­tion is en­crypted be­fore it’s sent.

A re­cov­ery key is a string of char­ac­ters that can be used to un­lock an ac­count when you have lost or for­got­ten your pass­word. It’s im­por­tant to keep it safe!

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