Secure Web Transactions : SSL Certificates.
Ever been worried about credit card transactions on your website sending the money to the right place (your account) and being hijacked or diverted elsewhere?
Well - Don't be with an SSL Certificate!
SSL Certificates allow you to sleep well at night from now on. SSL was invented by Netscape in the mid 90's and stands for Secure Socket Layer Certificate and is a protocol or method to allow two computers to talk to each other securely.
They do this by encrypting the information sent and received and thus avoiding listening in, changing the data or replacing the data with false or inaccurate information.
You can generally tell if a page is secured by SSL by looking for a little closed padlock in your browser window or at the URL or web address of the page you are viewing in your browser. If it begins with HTTPS:// ... instead of HTTP:// ... this means that your browser has established secure communication with the server that that web page is on.
If you already have an ecommerce website, or are thinking of creating one, we strongly suggest that any pages with sensitive information are encrypted with SSL. You generally will show a SSL Certificate or 'Seal' proclaiming to your shoppers that you are protecting their data via SSL and at the same time increasing their confidence to buy on your website.
All SSL Certificates are created equal as they all must conform to the same protocols. The main difference is in the price and ability to support up to 256 bit encryption.