In my post: e-Commerce: Is Online Payment Safe and Secure? , I have mentioned about the https:// protocol and the padlock image that can be seen inside the browser. In this post, I will give some details on how to make a more trusted site by using the https protocol.

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It is a combination of Hypertext Transfer Protocol and a cryptographic protocol. HTTPS connections are often used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems. By default, URLs that begin with ”https://” uses port 443 (ordinary “http://” uses port 80)

Strictly speaking, HTTPS is not a separate protocol, but refers to use of ordinary HTTP over an encrypted Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) connection.

Examples of site that uses the https protocol are, and

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. Most of the time, it is used to make a secure e-commerce communications, as well as interactions for Websites, intranets, and extranet. This ensures reasonable protection from eavesdroppers and man-in-the-middle attacks, provided that adequate cipher suites are used and that the server certificate is verified and trusted.

There are lots of global certificate authority of SSL. Some to mention are: thawte, VeriSign, GoDaddy, and GeoTrust . Authoritatively signed certificates may be free or cost between US $13 and $1,500 per year.

You do not need an SSL certificate if your site does not have any delicate content and data. But if you are making an e-commerce store, it is advisable to put an SSL so that you can gain the trust of your visitors to visit and transact on your site over and over again.

Well, I hope you learn something after reading this article. Next time I will be discussing on how to install an SSL certificate on your website.

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