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What is SSL


Dennis_gull

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Hello,

 

I have seen a dozen of posts about how important SSL is and I have been trying to find out why.

But I dont really get what SSL is. Can someone explain in an easy way what SSL does thats so important when you have a shop. And also if I use SSL on my site will it require anything?

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Due to the way the Internet works, information entered into your shop might get sent to several servers before finally reaching yours. Anyone on one of those servers can see that information and take it. With ssl, the data is encrypted. That makes it so that not just anyone can view it. Think of it as if I asked you for your home address, phone number and credit card number and you posted them here for all to see. You might find some charges on your credit card bill next month. But if you encrypted your reply so that only I could understand it, there wouldn't be any problems. Considering that a solid ssl certificate costs $20/year from godaddy, there is simply no reason for a shop not to have one, in my opinion.

 

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Add to what Jack said, here's my post on how to get/install/implement SSL, step-by-step:

 

http://www.oscommerce.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=233458

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Simple 1-2-3 Intructions on how to get, install and configure SSL

 

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Add to what Jack said, here's my post on how to get/install/implement SSL, step-by-step:

 

http://www.oscommerce.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=233458

 

Good luck.

Jason

 

Simple 1-2-3 Intructions on how to get, install and configure SSL

 

The Google Sandbox explained

 

Simple to follow instructions on how to change the look of your OSC

 

How To Make A Horrible OSC Website

 

my toolbox: All things WordPress-related - All things Adobe-related - PHP Designer 2007 - Codecanyon Junkie - Crimson Editor - Winmerge - phpMyAdmin - WS_FTP

 

my installed contributions: Category Banners, File Upload feature-.77, Header Tags, Sort_Product_Attributes_1, XSellv2.3, Price Break 1.11.2, wishlist 3.5, rollover_category_images_v1.2, Short_Description_v2.1, UPSXML_v1_2_3, quickbooks qbi_v2_10, allprods v4.4, Mouseover-effect for image-buttons 1.0, Ultimate_SEO, AAP 1.41, Auto Select State Value, Fast Easy Checkout, Dynamic SiteMap v2.0, Image Magic, Links Manager 1.14, Featured Products, Customer Testimonials, Article Manager, FAQ System, and I'm sure more ...

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