This past summer has brought to light information that was widely assumed within the technology community. Disclosures by Snowden and the Guardian revealed the scope and specific details around a massive data collection apparatus that exists. While the stated abilities of their network only bring about 1.5% of the internet traffic into its grasp we chose to use those events as a catalyst to improve the security of your data.
Securing and Encrypting your Connections
With our latest release we have done a few things to improve security. First and foremost we now force all connections to Fresh Vine to be done over a secure and encrypted connections (this has been an option for several years now). This is similar to when you purchase things online. Our connections use strong 256-bit encryption. At this level your connection to Fresh Vine is stronger than that of many online retailers like Amazon and maybe your bank as well (ours only uses 128-bit encryption).
While this does not mean that a willing third party cannot intercept your data, it does make it more difficult and much less tempting. Imagine someone walking past a number of cars parked on the street; if they were looking to break into a car they might try the door to see if it was unlocked (not-encrypted) for easy work. Most times if the door is locked you’ll move onto the next one. The exception to this is if there is something of obvious value that they know is inside a particular car, so they take the time to break in (decrypt your data).
This is where our car example breaks down because I can easily look inside a car window to see if there is anything valuable inside. With your connection to Fresh Vine there is no way to see what data is being transferred between you and Fresh Vine without first decrypting the connection. All they can easily know without decrypting these communications is that your browser/application is sending and receiving data from our servers.
It is important to say that at this time we have not had any security breaches and that these changes are done as precautionary measure.
Improved Session Management
In addition to improving load times within Fresh Vine the new session system allows us to have more control over how we handle you after logging into Fresh Vine. This helps us ensure that you continue to stay you, and that we safely log you out when you have been inactive for too long. While not dealing with encryption like we were talking about above, this is just as important.
Most data breaches are not due to someone intercepting your traffic, but because someone has incorrect access on their user account or uses a computer that is already logged in. This falls under the category of user-error, and we are working hard to ensure the data stored with Fresh Vine is safe and accessible to the eyes you want to see it.
While this isn’t the most invigrorating topic we want to make sure you understand how we keep your data and conections secure. If you have any questions please leave them the comments below.
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