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Sunday, 17 September 2006

People want to know their information is safe while browsing the internet. Having a secure server certificate will provide the correct protection and the accompanying logo will build trust from your customers. Notice the image to your right? It flashes "click to verify" "turbo ssl". Click (or double-click) on it to see details of the site's security. That is our SSL certificate. It validates that all information moving to and from our server is encrypted and secure from outside sources gaining access to it.

Try this! - Windows Users, to see just how many machines your information traverses, follow these steps:

1) On your computer, click Start, then Run
2) Type "cmd" and click "OK" (or press Enter)
3) Type this in exactly:  tracert www.ssl.com
4) Press Enter

Each listing in the window is a different computer/router/switch (a "node" in networking terms).  Each "node" represents a point at which any data you send might be recorded!  It is not uncommon to see 20-30 listings.

Big deal, right?  Consider this the next time you type in a password or your credit card number.  Ah!  Therein lies the problem.  The solution to this problem is to encrypt this data for transmission.  Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) was created for this very purpose.

SSL uses a complex system of key exchanges between your browser and the server you are communicating with in order to encrypt the data before transmitting it across the web.  A web page with an active SSL session is what we mean when we say a web page is "secure".


Furthermore, it is very important to KNOW YOUR BROWSER!  Check your browser's help file or contact the makers of your browser software if you are unsure how to use this functionality.



Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 September 2006 )