- Published: Friday, 11 August 2017 14:26
- Written by Super User
Why use SSL?
You have more than likely seen the term SSL and you know it has something to do with internet security but you aren’t exactly sure if you need it, if you should be using it or even if you should look for it when doing business online.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted or a coded link between a web server and your browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome. This link ensures that all data passed between a website and your computer remain private. This is particularly important when you are transmitting your credit card information to the website for a purchase. Think of it like this: If you were to give your credit card number to a particular vendor over the airways of your favorite radio station, you would be horrified at the thought that anyone listening could record it and keep it. However, if you had a magic voice scrambler that could rearrange the numbers of the card, the expiration date and 3-digits or 4-digit code as you said them and then revert them back to the correct order only to the company you want to have it everything would be okay. The internet is very public and SSL technology is a scrambling system that prevents unauthorized people from viewing, joining or following your transactions.