A site that conveys trust is more likely to be a site that makes more money.
SSL is a protocol for encrypting information communicated over the internet.
Netscape originally developed SSL and released it in the public domain in 1995. The first version released was 2.0 which had several flaws and this led to the SSL 3.0 standard the following year.
SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two separate keys to encrypt data. The first key is a public key known to everyone and the second a private key known only to the recipient of the message.
An SSL is used on websites to ensure confidential data collected from visitors is encrypted and therefore safe. This provides the visitor with confidence to use your website, register their information and ultimately make a purchase.
Not all eCommerce websites require an SSL as this depends on how they are configured. On some websites the payment processing is done by a third party and critical information is not held on the website itself. Other websites have the credit card forms built into the website template and these must carry an SSL to protect the data being entered and transmitted.
“At current computing speeds, a hacker with the time, tools and motivation to attack using brute force would require a trillion years to break into a session protected by an SGC-enabled certificate.” Verisign.
Our experience has shown that customers are more likely to use a website that has SSL installed and secures the entire checkout process. This means from the initial point of asking the customer for any details in the registration process the browser shows a padlock and the URL uses https://.
You should consider an SSL if:
- you have an ecommerce website or accept on line orders and credit cards
- you offer a log-in or sign-in on your website
- you process sensitive personal data such as name and address, birth date, documents or images
- you need to comply with privacy and security requirements
Not only does the use of an SSL make your website safer, it also builds trust with your clients. We can attach an SSL to your web site in a matter of minutes. Just get in touch for a quote and advice on the type of SSL you need.