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The Smaato Blog

The Smaato Blog

Johan Beisser

In his role as Product Architect Johan helps ensure that the Smaato Platform and its underlying structures accomplish the overall goal of speed, security, and efficiency.

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Speed vs. Security: Optimizing Secure Communication

Posted by Johan Beisser on April 12, 2016

Internet traffic is moving increasingly towards ubiquitous use of secure connections (HTTPS rather than HTTP). Proper handling of these secure connections in order to make them as fast as possible is an area of real concern for anyone running a web-based or mobile business.

For mobile companies like Smaatothe challenge with HTTPS is not encryption itself, but rather the certificate exchange and session key negotiation which imposes additional overhead on a small request over cellular networks. Even high speed 4G/LTE carrier networks can be problematic for the SSL/TLS handshake.

Let’s take a look at a highly simplified HTTPS request from a mobile device:

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