You’ve heard the term “domain name” before, but what does that really mean? The simple answer is that a domain name is what you type into the address bar on an Internet browser to view a specific website. Think of a domain name as your virtual address on the internet – it is how people find your website on the wild, wild web. There are currently more than 330 million domain names registered, and that number is increasing daily.
That little green lock icon in the address bar of a website is a common sight, especially if you are doing any online shopping. It means the site is safe to use, but what does that green lock actually do to protect you?
In order to understand this, it’s important to understand how information on the Internet gets from its point of origination to its destination. Unlike a direct flight from DC to New York, data on the Internet must pass through several computers and servers along its way from point A to point B. Just like an indirect flight where you need to make a connection, data that must travel through multiple points has the potential to get delayed, lost, or intercepted by people with unsavory motives.
That little lock icon, also known as a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, gives site visitors confidence that the data they submit through the website will not be compromised during its journey.
In the world of software development, we help clients get from their current situation to their ideal situation. Clients bring a plethora of big ideas to the table without always truly understanding the cause of their pain point. We figure out what is causing the symptoms instead of throwing a bandage over the open wound to make it easier to look at. The easiest way to get to the root of the issues is to determine a Minimal Viable Product (M.V.P.). A Minimal Viable Product is a product that purely addresses the issues and saves future features until users get a chance to use the product and provide feedback.