What is a TLS/SSL port?
Fri, 08/26/2022 – 09:15
What TCP ports are most commonly used?
Managing TLS/SSL certificates also means having the necessary knowledge when it comes to security and network connections. Therefore, it may be useful to know what some of the most common TCP (or Transmission Control Protocol) ports are.
We have compiled a list of these common TCP ports and their functions for your reference.
Unsecured port numbers and their functions:
- 80 HTTP
- 21, FTP
- 110, POP3
- 143, IMAP
- 119, NNTP
Protected port numbers and their functions:
- 443, HTTPS
- 990, FPS
- 995, POP3S
- 993 IMAP
- 636, LDAPS
- 563, NNTPS
What is port 443 used for?
As mentioned earlier, port 443 uses TLS/SSL certificates to secure port connections. The primary function of TLS/SSL certificates is to secure information so that web traffic or cybercriminals cannot access moving information. This is why many companies use HTTPS over HTTP to protect their information from disclosure or theft while sending and receiving it.
HTTP vs. HTTPS and SSL vs. TLS: How They Work Together
HTTP vs. HTTPS:
HTTP and HTTPS are not two separate protocols. Rather, HTTPS is a specific version of HTTP because it specifically uses TLS/SSL certificates. So HTTPS is just a more secure version of HTTP that is safer to use to transfer information.
SSL vs TLS:
SSL certificate is an obsolete term for what are now called TLS certificates. Essentially they perform the same security features, many people still use the term SSL and others use TLS. It’s important to remember that they are the same thing, which is why TLS/SSL is one of the most common ways to refer to certificates so that people can understand that they are the same thing.
How it all works together:
The network will start as HTTP by default. To make your network secure, you need to install a TLS/SSL certificate on the web server you are using. Once this is done, the certificate will authenticate the identity of your organization to run the HTTPS protocol. This will securely transfer data from the web server to the web browser.
Why are SSL ports important?
You might be wondering why your network server needs an SSL port compared to other ports and internet communication methods. TLS/SSL certificates will be your most trusted ticket to the secure transfer of information. While security is incredibly important, here are a few other things to consider:
PCI compliance requires the use of HTTPS: In order to have any type of online payment, you must be in line with the payment card industry. This will also ensure the security of both your information and that of your client.
Cybercrime: As more companies, users, and Internet hackers use the Internet every day, it’s safe to say that security is now more important than ever. Making your business more secure with an SSL certificate port will be one of your best preventive measures when it comes to cyber security.
HTTPS is faster than HTTP: If you have a page secured with a TLS/SSL certificate making it HTTPS, then your information will probably load much faster than an HTTP page.
TLS/SSL certificate and port management
Keeping your applications secure often comes down to managing TLS certificates effectively. Using TLS/SSL certificates is an important first step. But many companies forget that it is also important to protect them from misuse and compromise. Protect your network by learning the basics of computer identity management. Get our free guide for dummies.
When using computer systems and software on a network, there is constant communication. For this communication process to work, it must be composed of several parts. For example, a phone must have a sender, a receiver, and a signal to connect them. Ports are both a sending and receiving point and have specific numbered addresses so that the system knows where the information is being sent.
These ports are programmed to direct traffic to the right places, or in other words, they are helpers that direct the systems involved to determine which service is being requested. Services range from handling unencrypted HTTP web traffic on port 80 to port 21, FTP, which transfers information and files between clients and servers.
There are 65,535 ports, but not all of them are used every day. However, the TLS/SSL certificate port is one of the most used ports and is definitely used on a daily basis. So what is the TLS/SSL port? The TLS/SSL port is port 443, HTTPS, and TLS/SSL certificates are used to secure port connections. HTTP is port 80 and an insecure protocol port.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from the Rss blog by 97thfloor. Read the original post at: https://www.venafi.com/blog/what-tlsssl-port