(The Hosting News) – Everyday consumers hear about the increasing amount of security threats plaguing e-commerce sites. This causes a feeling of apprehension and lack of confidence when shopping online. A disclosure report in 2009 admitted by major credit card companies showed that an estimated forty million credit cards may have been compromised. The threat is real and it is imperative for a business owner of an e-commerce or m-commerce to take the threat seriously. If the consumer has no confidence in the security on your site, they are not going to take the chance to buy from you online.
It is more essential than ever before to take the safeguards necessary to secure your storefront and customer information. As a m-commerce or e-commerce site owner, one of the best ways to take the necessary precautions is to secure any data transmitted through your site with an SSL, or secure sockets layer.
The secure socket layer protocol ensures communication between the client and server is safe and secure by preventing data forgery, eavesdropping and any tampering. SSL protects digital transactions, mobile transactions using credit card processing, network access, and online communications by forging a secure channel between the servers and your consumers.
You can tell when you have entered a secure web server by the domain address in the URL bar. If it begins with https instead of http, you know it is secured with an SSL. When a customer enters a secure website, a digital certificate is presented through the server’s authentication. SSL works because of encryption software; it encrypts any personal data including credit card numbers or mobile money accounts in order to rend it unreadable to hackers.
The SSL certificate is of the greatest important to an m-commerce or e-commerce site builders. The SSL certificate is utilized for the main purpose of encrypting any data it encounters as it sits on its own secured server. It also helps in identifying the website, so the consumer gains the confidence needed to shop at your online store. The SSL certificate identifies the site belongs to those it should, the original domain name assigned to a particular web address and which Certificate Authority issues the SSL certificate. It will also identify the country from where it was issued.
Credit card processing is an essential part of any online store, especially one that accepts mobile payments as well. SSL is one of the best and most responsible ways an online site owner can secure his customer’s data.