If you are running a website that features a shopping cart or stores or processes sensitive information such as credit cards, social security numbers or bank accounts details, you will need to be concerned about security. Given the anonymous nature of the internet, you will need to assure yourself that every information processed at your website is safe and will not be divulged to malevolent users. You will need to assure your customers that your site will not be compromised by cyber criminals and the content fraudulently used.
If you are concerned about security, then you need to select a web host that will protect your web page and its processes. The most common and universally accepted way to render safe web pages over the internet is through the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. This advanced security system encrypts sensitive data over the internet so that they cannot be captured by people with ill-intent. If you are browsing a page with this security feature installed, you will notice a closed padlock icon on the task bar of the browser.
Figure 9. The SSL icon on the lower right of the task bar
SSL is the standard security technology used on the internet. It has become the main means to ensure a secured site. The technology ensures the integrity of all data that passes between the website and the Server. Billions of websites use this technology and it is one sure way to assure customers that their data is safe and secured.
You will also need a web host that can offer you a Digital Certificate of Authenticity. If you have a very sensitive website, you will need a unique SSL not shared SSL. Shared SSL is used by all websites on a Server.
SSL is a way of building confidence in your website. It tells customers that your website is free from hackers and that whatever information they provide will be kept confidential. When customers are assured of this safety, they feel confident to do business with you or visit your website. It also tells them that the website is known and has been verified to be authentic. For this reason, any website providing sensitive services must get a host that provides SSL.