This post was submitted by Product Manager Neeraj Khandelwal and is also published on our corporate blog here.
Google's recent announcement of boosting search rankings of HTTPS sites is welcome news from boosting the general security of the Internet. For example, it will force popular sites away from transporting passwords in plaintext. Undoubtedly, HTTPS is great to combat Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks.
To cite an analogy, HTTPS is like an armored delivery vehicle going from point A to point B that secures it's passengers while in transit. It also ensures that the passengers are delivered to the right destination. However, just like the armored vehicle, it does not provide any guarantee for what you load into or take out from the vehicle. It could well be a live bomb, or your enemy itself in disguise…
Adversaries can use this to their advantage.
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.