I have just come across this Webopedia ( www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SSL.html ) entry:
"SSL: Short for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol developed by Netscape or transmitting private documents via the Internet. SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two keys to encrypt data ˆ’ a public key known to everyone and a private or secret key known only to the recipient of the message. Both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer support SSL, and many Web sites use the protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as credit card numbers. By convention, URLs that require an SSL connection start with https: instead of http"
SSL is generally advised for use with browsers and web sites that support it, but as confidential information can be harvested (according to the Webopedia entry anyway), could anybody advise me on using SSL with my bank and similar sites and whether any alternative (and safe) should be considered.
I generally use Tor as well when sending confidential information through emails or through webmail. As I understand it, my bank does not use OpenPGP and would not accept my public gnupg key for decrypting
encrypted transmissions. Short of changing my bank, can anybody give me further advice on which extra measures I can take to be reasonably certain I can prevent sensitive information from being harvested, and the safest way of sending information by email and through websites?