What is SSL and AES 256-bit encryption?

Foxylearning uses a secure SSL connection and AES 256-bit encryption to protect the confidential data of its customers. But what does that mean?

What is SSL?

An SSL (or Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is a small file that digitally ties a cryptographic data file/key to a website in order to prove its validity. If a website’s URL (in the browser’s address bar) begins with HTTPS, this indicates that the information that is being transferred back and forth is encrypted. If by chance a malicious actor was monitoring or intercepted your traffic in some way, they would not be able to read or utilize it at all. HTTPS and SSL go hand in hand as these features work together to not only safeguard the traffic between your browser and the website, it also ensures the website you are visiting has been validated as being authenticated to the domain they are visiting.

What is AES 256-bit Encryption?

AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard, which is an international standard for encrypting data. It ensures high security and is adopted by the U.S. government and other intelligence organizations across the world. 256 refers to the key size – the larger the size, the more possible keys there are. The number of combinations possible (and therefore the difficulty of discovering them via brute force methods) increases exponentially with key size. For 256-bit encryption, the number of possible combinations is astronomical and virtually impossible to crack using brute force methods.

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