How to boost security of your business website

If you lose either the Key or the certificate you should speak to your provider to re-issue you with a new one, as you will no longer be able to use the on your web server. In order for a secure communication channel to take place using SSL, an ‘SSL handshake’ has to take place. This involves the browser which the customer is using to enter the sensitive data sending a request to the server to check whether the SSL certificate matches with the SSL key. If it does then the web server will authorise an SSL session to take place with the browser. Who needs to have an SSL certificate? You should seriously consider using an SSL certificate if your business:
  • processes credit or debit payments online
  • stores or transmit with personal information such as addresses, dates of birth, numbers
  • has a login area on your site
  • wants to be seen to be complying with the latest online security
How secure is SSL? How strong the encryption of the data is can vary depending on the SSL provider, but it is usually 128 bit. This is good enough to ensure that most data can’t be decoded even by the most advanced hackers with the best available technology and hardware. How do you know if a website is using an SSL certificate? You can tell by checking for the padlock symbol on the website. Also, when you go to make a transaction your browser will indicate that it is using an SSL secured session by changing the http to https and displaying a small padlock icon. To view the certificate, users just need to click on the padlock icon. If you are looking for a reliable provider of of SSL certificates, do consider The SSL Store Yy For assistance with SSL integration contact websesame at mail@websesame.com Lynsey Sterrey

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