We engage in a lot of transactions on the internet every day. From reading news sites for latest information to willingly submitting our personal details to email service providers, most of the transactions we do on the internet require us to provide delicate information about ourselves.
But how do you ensure that those vital data you provide to these companies are guarded with the level of importance that’s required to make sure third parties don’t gain access to them?
Pages of agreements and TOS do not mean you would not lose any information you submit to a company to an outsider. There are more technical tools that can keep a company from messing up with your details. SSL, otherwise known as Secure Socket Layer, is a very important certificate any webpage you want to entrust your personal/confidential details to must have.
Let me show you some reasons you should only deal with websites that have SSL.
To Prevent Online Scamming
Any scammer can hastily create a website and lure you to register on it with the aim of squeezing out your email address, password and other crucial information from you, but you can’t get a SSL without having to verify your website by going through rigorous screenings. The process involved in getting an SSL for a website can scare off a predator from using it and push them to creating their websites without an SSL, leaving it vulnerable to scrutiny and criticism.
When you lose your details to strangers on the internet, the most possible thing that happens is you becoming a victim of online scamming. Scammers would approach you in a very familiar way that you’d even doubt the possibility of them being a stranger to you, just because they have access to vital information about you.
To Avoid Using the Wrong Websites
SSL also protects you from getting into the wrong hands whenever you want to perform a transaction online. SSL guarantees you of the accuracy of information you find on any website you perform a transaction on, so far the website has a verified SSL certificate.
But without an SSL certificate, nothing guarantees you that the website you just dealt with is genuine. For instance, if you visit my coupon blog where I share Webwatcher discounts and Verisign coupons, you will see many discount codes that can help you earn discounts on other products. Without an SSL, you can’t determine if I got those discounts from the right source.
To Make Sure Your Online Transaction is Secure
Finally, the most important feature of a SSL-verified website is that it shields you from exposing your personal details when performing transactions on the internet. While other websites can easily be compromised and cause them to lose their database to hackers, a website with a verified SSL cannot be compromised easily.
Many web developers try to apply for the SSL certificate, but due to the difficulty it entails to secure it, poorly developed websites can’t afford getting it. Due to this, it would be easy to differentiate between a secure website and the one that is insecure.
When next you’re dealing with a website, make sure to request for a verified SSL certificate.