An SSL certificate is issued by a certificate authority for sites that require online transactions or ecommerce sites. Getting the certificate does two important things from the point of view of online security:
- It confirms to the customer that you are a legitimate ecommerce business.
- It encrypts the customer’s data so that it cannot be misused.
The use of credit card numbers in online transactions is a matter of great concern to many shoppers who fear for their credit card information getting compromised. If they see that your site has a trusted SSL certificate from a well-known certificate authority, they feel assured that the transaction will be safe. And that trust is critical to your business, without it you cannot have enough customers shopping in your store.
SSL certificates were introduced in 1994. Since then they have been the standard for ecommerce transaction security. SSL certificates can be purchased from recognized certificate authority agencies. The following are among the most reliable certificate authority agencies:
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8. Network Solutions
The best and most trusted certificates are slightly expensive, but they are a good investment. You have recourse to certificates that are inexpensive but don’t mean much by way of security to your customers. Most certificate authority agencies make the process of sourcing a certificate quick and easy.
There’s the idea that big-name CAs such as VeriSign and Thawte offer the same encryption as the inexpensive ones. Whether you’d like to pay to have one of those names on your site or pay less for the inexpensive alternatives is your call.
Ecommerce sites generally prefer the expensive options since their customers want to be 100% sure that their data is safe. If you want to only secure the mail server your employees will be using, one of the cheaper options will do nicely.