Today, Cbanga360.net, (properly https://cbanga360.net) attained the full capability of serving the site’s content to its readers with guarantee of 100% security while surfing.
At the back-end of this site is the Transport Layer Security (TLS), a “cryptographic protocol that provide communication security over a computer network.” TLS, and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), are both frequently referred to as ‘SSL.’
Our SSL client certificate was issued and verified by Symantec Corporation/Symantec Trust Network with connection encrypted at 256 bit keys, meaning as you read this page, it was encrypted before being transmitted over the internet. It is unlikely that anyone read this page as it travelled across the network.
That certain security handles sensitive information like customer names, phone numbers, addresses and credit card numbers, even as we are not involved in internet commerce, as yet. Just the same, any information that comes our way will in no way get intercepted but will be handled privately and securely (check out the web address on the upper right corner of your browser, showing the green lock icon accompanied with the word ‘secure’ for Google Chrome browser while its the “i” and the green lock icon for Firefox, etc. Both are clickable.).
So why use TSL when the site is not in internet commerce, yet? Let’s check out the benefits.
The major purpose of an SSL certificate is to encrypt information so that it can only be read and understood by the intended parties. Sensitive information submitted on internet forms passing through more than one computer before reaching its final destination get exposed to higher chance that a third party could obtain access. An SSL certificate inserts random characters into the original information, rendering it incomprehensible to anyone without the proper encryption key. If the information does somehow wind up in the wrong hands, it will be unreadable and therefore useless.
We want to be sure that the information on our website, including reader/customer information, goes to the correct server without being intercepted. With an SSL certificate, it comes with another type of protection called a server certificate. This certificate acts as a mediator between browsers and SSL servers to show that the SSL certificate provider can be trusted. Readers and customers can view these documents to validate that the SSL certificate of the site is up to date and that the page you are about to enter information on is really of Cbanga360.net and not an imitation.
Necessary for Accepting Payments
In order to meet Payment Card Industry compliance, an online business needs an SSL certificate with the proper encryption of at least 128-bit. PCI standards verify that the SSL certificate is from a trusted source, uses the right strength of encryption and provides a private connection on any page that requires customers to enter personal information. Without a certificate that meets these standards, a site won’t be able to take credit card payments.
Guards Against Phishing
Phishing emails often contain links that lead unsuspecting (readers) customers to a convincing replica of an otherwise reputable site. Often disguised as advertisements or shipping confirmations, these emails attempt to gather credit card information for malicious use. People who build fake sites will have a hard time obtaining an authentic SSL certificate. When readers or customers don’t see the signs of security on a site, they’re more likely to navigate away without entering any information.
Offers Added Brand Power
Websites that provide SSL certificates often offer site seals and other images that indicate well-trusted encryption is in use. Displaying these branded icons gives customers an added level of assurance that their information is safe as it travels.
Improves Customer Trust
All of these elements work together to create trust between a (reader) customer and a business. Providing customers with security for all of their information and giving them ways to verify that security improves confidence and helps to ensure a positive (buying) experience.
Given the benefits, going through the authorization process necessary to obtain a trusted SSL certificate is worth the effort. Attempting to operate without one deters customers and makes it difficult or impossible to take payments. Online shoppers want to know that their sensitive personal information is safe as it goes through cyberspace, and investing in SSL security is the best way we can offer give our readers a peace of mind.
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[This post has been edited to reflect that the site uses TLS protocol instead of its predecessor SSL.]