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SSL certificate glossary

Friday, October 10th, 2008
simplewebhosting.co.uk makes purchasing your ssl certificates simple. Here’s a little glossary to help you understand more about ssl.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the process of scrambling a message so that only the intended audience has access to the information. As more people share confidential data and applications using the Internet they have come to rely on commercially available Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.

When an SSL handshake occurs between a client and server, a level of encryption is determined by the Web server, the client browser, the client operating system, and the SSL Certificate. Low-level encryption, 40 or 56 bits, is acceptable for sites with low-value information. High-level encryption, at 128 bits, can calculate 288 times as many combinations as 40-bit encryption. That’s over a trillion times a trillion times stronger.

What is e-commerce security?
E-commerce is a commercial transaction between buyer and seller that occurs online instead of in person or over the phone. The customer uses a credit/debit card to pay for goods or services on a website. Secure electronic payments are spreading beyond the Internet to mobile handsets and television set-top boxes. Look for m-commerce and t-commerce next.

E-commerce also refers to electronic payment processing. Instead of going to the bank with deposits and checks or connecting over dial-up telephone lines to authorize credit cards, merchants use the Internet to connect to financial networks for payment.

What is https?
Web pages beginning with ‘https’ instead of ‘http’ enable secure information transmission via the protocol for secure http. Securing networks and applications is essential to secure online transactions. https is one measure of security to look for when sending or sharing confidential information such as credit card numbers, private data records, or business partner data.
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