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How to secure your data with ssl

October 24, 2020

SSL is secure socket layer wherein all transmitted data goes under encrypted channel.

As before sending the data a SSL handshake is performed where trusted certificate is validated at server end and key exchange takes place.

Back in August of 2014, Google officially announced it would use HTTPS as a ranking signal due to security issues.

What is HTTP and why isn’t it secure?

HTTP, which stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol is a protocol for transmitting information across the internet. This protocol works according to a client–server model, as do many other internet protocols. A web browser initiating an HTTP request is called as the client, and the web server that responds to that request is called the server. 

Let’s say you’re sitting in a cafe and trying to log in to your Stames subscriber account or software module over the local network, e.g. the cafe’s Wi-Fi (for this example, we’ll assume that Stames is still using HTTP). The cafe’s Wi-Fi network is public, and anyone who connects to it can access the data being transferred across it. Now let’s take a look at what’s happening with your data when a website is using HTTP. By data, we mean everything including your login and password for your Stames account.

To log in to a website (like Stames), you need to enter your login credentials (generally your email  and your password). As soon as you click the login button, your data is sent to the server. When the server receives your data, it validates it. If everything is correct, the server sends an HTTP status of “OK,” and you are logged in to your account. Easy breezy. Everything seems okay.

But here’s the problem – if your data was transferred over HTTP, then it was sent unencrypted via an insecure connection (HTTP doesn’t use encryption), and so any data transferred with the HTTP protocol is out in the open and can be intercepted or even manipulated by third parties. 

Users expect a secure and private online experience when using a website. 

What is HTTP and why is it secure?

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the site. It keeps any kind of data, including your passwords, email address, and credit card details, safe while in transit between your computer and the server(s) you’re sending this data to. In short, HTTPS is just a secure version of HTTP: the “S” at the end literally stands for “Secure.” HTTPS keeps your data confidential by using the Transport Layer Security protocol (TSL), frequently referred to as SSL (Security Sockets Layer).

But what is an SSL certificate?

SSL is secure certificate that offers three layers of protection: encryption, which means that all data sent between a browser (client) and a website (server) are encrypted so that even if data are stolen or intercepted a hacker won’t be able to decrypt them; data integrity, which guarantees that your data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer without being detected; and authentication, which verifies whether you are actually communicating with the intended website. To make sure your communications are safe, you can look for a special green padlock in your browser’s URL bar that indicates whether or not a website is secure.

How can i secure my Stames software module with SSL

To connect SSL to your domain, you must have registered and connected your domain to your software module through the subscriber account as described here under domain connect.

Once your have connected your domain successfully, you would need to send a service request through your subscriber account by visiting the module account settings > service request. On the submission form, choose Domain and one the next page give a brief description of what you need done (in this case that you need to secure your domain with an SSL certificate) and then submit the form.

A member of our sales and marketing team will be assigned to you as your guide and help you secure your software module with SSL. Please note however that installing an SSL certificate on your software module is a paid service renewable every year.

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