Ssl And Oscommerce

Written by Stephanie Ayars
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Across the board, online experts agree that the security of data transmissions is the single most important aspect of any e-business. Security threats attempt to keep up pace-for-pace with protection technology. Maintaining a secure environment can be challenging, but there are certain steps which can be taken even by the smallest osCommerce ventures to ensure their, and their customers', peace of mind.

SSL and osCommerce: Best Practices

Fact: without SSL encryption, data is vulnerable. SSL (which stands for Secure Sockets Layer) provides a sequence of security measures to make data inviolate. All web addresses which begin with "http" feature SSL protection. Websites without it are worthless. Make sure your osCommerce hosts provide SSL protection.

In addition to the security measures provided by one's web host, personal measures should be taken on any computer which is used for business. Investments should be made in firewall protections, as well as intrusion detection and virus protection software. "Eavesdropping" can be attempted on any computer. Don't leave it all up to the host. It's important to take responsibility and get personal computer and laptop protection.

Check with your osCommerce web host about getting encrypted email. Hackers are notorious for getting company data via unprotected emails. And up your password protection as well. It's reported in online security periodicals that free software can crack almost any 6 digit password in less than 30 minutes. These publications recommend making the switch from traditional "password" protection to SSL digital certificate services. Inquire of your osCommerce host what your security needs are, and take the steps to protect yourself, your customers, and your business.

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