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In regards to using SSL on osCommerce.....if I am only using Paypal for processing orders, is it still recommended that I enable SSL on my site? I have a shared SSL and when it is enabled and a customer logs in to continue the checkout process, their cart mysteriously becomes empty. If I turn off SSL, customers can shop, log into their cart and process the orders to Paypal 100%....not sure if turning off SSL is a security risk or not.

 

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Todd

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If you are only using PayPal, there's no need for SSL on your site. You only need SSL if your web site will be receiving private information.

 

The visitors' shopping carts keep dropping when they switch to SSL because of the way browser cookies work. By storing a cookie to the visitor' browser, OSCommerce can keep track of the visitor to maintain a relationship with a shopping cart. That cookie is private between the host (the site) and the visitor, and no other host can access the cookie. When your visitor switches to SSL, he is in effect switching to another host. These are addresses of three different hosts:

 

http://example.com

http://www.example.com

https://www.example.com

 

The visitor might consider these to be the same site, but the browser considers them different hosts, and will not share cookies between them.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Yes I too am on a shared connection and have SSL enabled on my checkout pages. Im trying to integrate Paypal IPN into my site now and will be doing all of my cc processing through them.

 

I guess now that i've decided to use Paypal a SSL connection isn't neccessary. Which files will I have to modify now, so that the checkout and other SSL links work properly with paypal?

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Mark

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I just turned the

 

Use SSL paramerter to False on my config page and that worked to disable the SSL links.

 

But brings me to another question...

 

If you are only using PayPal, there's no need for SSL on your site. You only need SSL if your web site will be receiving private information.

 

Using paypal to verify transactions but what about security issues with the My Account link that redirects to the SSL host?

 

Mark

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