SSL means Secure Sockets Layer which is a protocol used over the internet for securing transactions made between client to server It basically acts like a tunnel between the server and you. It doesnt allow others into the same tunnel, that way you are directly connected to them. The data that is transmitted through that tunnel is encrypted and scrambled so that when the data reaches the destination, the receiver will know how to unencrypt it and piece it back together.
What does SSL mean to me, the average Internet user?
When you come across a web page that is secured, your browser will likely display a 'closed lock' or other symbol to inform you that SSL has been enabled. The web site address should also now start with "https://" rather than the usual "http://". If you look at the PerformanceLifts.com ordering and checkout pages you will see the "https://" address at all times.
In a nutshell, SSL allows a secure connection between your web browser and the PerformanceLifts.com web server. Many people seem to be hesitant to shop online because they believe it to be less safe. However, the protection offered by SSL means that your credit card number will be seen by far fewer people than if you use it at a physical store or restaurant. When you make a purchase at a physical store, there is a trail of paper left behind, containing your number in its entirety. Once your order is electronically received by PerformanceLifts.com all of your credit card information remains encrypted until the order is processed off-line. This means more security and makes it almost impossible for a hacker to get your personal information. By processing all orders off the internet PerformanceLifts.com offers one of the most secure order processing services available! Once the order is initially processed the information is once again re-encrypted preventing all unauthorized users from EVER viewing your information!
SSL Defined: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol designed to enable secure communications on an insecure network such as the Internet. SSL provides encryption and integrity of communications along with strong authentication using digital certificates.