Can network sniffers detect which website I’m viewing if I use SSL?

Andrew January 16, 2012
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For example, if I visit can someone sniffing my network traffic still detect that I’m viewing that site or is it encrypted?


  1. James Bruce
    January 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

    If the attacker is sniffing locally on the same network, they can perform a very simple man-in-the-middle attack, which means they can intercept all of your traffic and de-crypt it easily. SSL is not secure against a local attacker. 

  2. Chris Hoffman
    January 16, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Yes. They can still see that you're communicating with that website. What they can't see is the specific part of the site you're accessing. So if you're accessing, they'll see "" but not the "/supersecretplace" part.