Nowadays people love the convenience of online shopping. But, how do you know a shopping site protects your private information and most importantly credit card information? What should you be aware of when choosing an online shopping website?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificates are used to establish a secure encrypted connection between a Internet browser (user’s computer) and a web server (website). The Secure Sockets Layer connection protects sensitive data that user enters, such as personal information and credit card information. Many platforms are using SSL certificate, such as GMail, Facebook, Amazon and etc. When shopping on SSL certified website, user sensitive data are protected and encrypted. These websites have a lock in their URL when visited on an Internet browser (see screenshots below). You may click on the lock to view more information regarding the certificate. We are not going to spend lots of time explaining the technology behind SSL. Hopefully this give you an introduction of secured on-line shopping. For more information, please visit the links in the extend reading section. Continue reading