2021-03-03 Checking the TLS setup for my webservers 6 months ago
I'm currently following the course The Best TLS and PKI Training Course in the World and learning even more about the workings of encryption, TLS and certificates. One of the things I learned is to balance security with performance. And I directly used this new insight on my own webservers. The connection which brought you this page from https://idefix.net/ is still encrypted but I saved a few milliseconds on the encrypted setup by switching from a big (4096 bit) RSA private key to a 384 bit ECDSA key which are comparable in cryptographic strength. But the calculations with the ECDSA key are less CPU intense. And yes, I have statistics on page loading times before and after the changeover of the key. It was a good moment to change private keys anyway, the old keys were more than a year old. This is one of those areas where I like having my knowledge hands-on. Actually understanding what is happening and why.