Knowledgebase: E-commerce
What is an SSL certificate and why would I need one?
Posted by Innerplanet Sales on 28 December 2005 09:42 AM

SSL stands for Secure Socket(s) Layer.

The SSL protocol is the Web standard for encrypting communications between users and e-commerce sites. Data sent via an SSL connection is protected by encryption, this prevents eavesdropping of transmitted data. SSL provides businesses and consumers with the confidence that their private data sent to a Web site, such as credit card numbers, are kept confidential.

When ordering from a site where sensitive data is being transmitted, make sure that it's over a secure connection. How do I know if it is secure?
Check to see if there is a https:// instead of http:// in front of the website URL in the address window at the top of your browser. Also make sure that the browser is displaying a little gold lock at the bottom. If you don't see these two items, then it's probably not secure.

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