As part of the improved StuffAlert service we made our website more secure by enabling SSL (Secure Sockets Level) protection. You can tell that SSL is enable as there are several security indicators that are built into modern browsers to indicate that this.
- The beginning of the URL or website address changes from http:// to https://
- A padlock on the browser window changes from open to closed
In addition, we have displayed the RapidSSL® site seal to show we are using their SSL certificate to secure our website.
What is SSL? - SSL is the abreviation for Secure Sockets Layer and is a protocol for enabling data encryption on the Internet and for helping website users confirm the owner of the website. It is most commonly used to protect communications between web browsers and servers. However, it is increasingly used for server to server communications and for web-based applications. SSL certificates help keep our users transactions secure with strong encryption, and you’ll speed through enrollment with automated domain control validation.
How does it work? - When your browser connects to a secure site it retrieves the site's SSL certificate. It checks that the certificate is valid. These checks are, it has not expired, that it has been issued by a Certificate Authority (in our case RapidSSL®) the browser trusts and that it is being used by the website for which it has been issued. If it fails on any one of these checks the browser will display a warning to the end user.
To learn more about the RapidSSL® certificate we use, please click here.