For online businesses, security is incredibly important to protect the private details of their customers and clients. Websites tend to spend a great deal on the look and design of the site but it is also vital that the backend security is available to prevent the leaking out of confidential information. Identity fraud is a serious issue and many police organisations now have departments dedicated to online security. One way to guard against this is for websites to encrypt data through the use of a Secure Sockets Layer certificate.
To encourage someone to purchase an item from your website, they must feel completely confident in handing over their bank details as well as personal details to your company. In a way this is completely different to shopping in real life as no details need to be exchanged, only real cash. With the nature of online shopping, your website must offer secure financial transactions. New technology has led to the invention of SSL certificates that allow websites to protect their customers’ data.
SSL certificates provide the platform for the transfer of private details. The Transport Layer Security protocol gives client-server applications the opportunity to communicate securely over a network. The data is encrypted when it is transferred and this prevents criminals from accessing it and stealing confidential details. Many websites display SSL seals or badges that let customers know that their data is secure and measures are in place to ensure this. In addition, EV SSL certificates will turn the URL bar in a browser green to highlight the fact that the website encrypts information on your behalf.
More and more people are gaining access to the internet and this number will only increase as time passes. In addition, the iPad has reinvented the tablet industry and many will choose to use these forms of new technology to purchase various items online. This technological growth will only lead to further developments in online security to combat the constant threat posed by cyber-criminals.
Author: Oliver Macpherson has worked in the IT sector for the past 10 years and has enjoyed working for various companies whilst improving his knowledge of the retail industry. He currently works for SSL247.