I absolutely love how easy it has become to purchase and setup a SSL certificate. Back in 2002, it cost about $100 and you had to upload the Request file from the server, to the company, which generated the certificate, and then you had to manually install. I was using it for an Intranet application when I was working for Angie Lepley in 2002 That was one of my first real ‘Full Stack’ jobs where I was doing Classic ASP AND the DB Development, and all the front end development. It was the best of times, I love that combination of being able to build the whole stack.
So, SSL certificates are very important, and without SSL certificates, our banking information wouldn’t be safe, the usernames and passwords that we would use for ALL of our online accounbts wouldn’t be able to withstand attacks from other sources.
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, he describes a Pyramid where you have to do the stuff on the 1st level, before you can advance to the requirements of the next level. And according to Maslow the first level is security. Without feeling SECURE, and SAFE from threats, there is NO CHANCE to start living an ideal life where you grow to your potential.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental needs at the bottom and the need for self-actualization and transcendence at the top. In other words, the idea is that individuals’ most basic needs must be met before they become motivated to achieve higher level needshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
In other words, we can’t become the ‘Best Person We CAN Become’ unless securty is taken care of fist, and then we have 3 other levels of things that are necessary before we can become ‘Self Actualized’.
Here is an article from SSL.com that talks about Browsers and SSL Tests. The notes that Chrome failed the Revocation Tests are not to be unexpected, and then team at Google basically ADMITS that properly checking certificates can make your browser slow. I just don’t think that it is the RIGHT of some obscure developer at Google Chrome to decide whether everyone gets a secure Internet Connection, or whether there should be a SETTING in Chrome that allows US to choose “Performance” over “Security”. I WISH that browsers had more options that would be dumbed down into a simple decison like that, because, in my experiences, Chrome is too slow and uses to much Ram to be my Daily Driver Web Browser. Sure, I use Chrome for SOME things, but not everything.
Discussion of Results
Chrome: On Windows, Chrome incorrectly showed one of the revoked certificates (revoked-rsa-dv.ssl.com) as valid and the others as revoked. Disabling validation checking in the OS did not alter this response. Interestingly, none of the four certificates were shown as revoked in CRLSet in crt.sh at the time of the test, suggesting further questions about Chrome’s revocation checking processes. On macOS, Chrome correctly showed all four certificates as revoked, illustrating platform-based differences in Chrome’s behavior.