What is SSL(Secure Socket Layer)
SSL relies on certificates - digital identification cards - and keys. Certificates include the name of the certificate authority that issued the certificate, the name of the entity to which the certificate was issued, the entity's public key, and time stamps that indicate the certificate's expiration date.
SSL has been universally accepted on the World Wide Web for authenticated and encrypted communication between clients and servers. SSL works by using a public key to encrypt data that's transferred over the SSL connection.
The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) controls and is responsible for the routing and transmission of data all over the Internet. The SSL protocol runs in a "layer" above TCP/IP and below higher-level protocols such as HTTP or IMAP. SSL allows an SSL enabled server to authenticate itself to an SSL enabled client and vice versa enabling both machines to establish an encrypted connection
When a SSL is being used, anyone listening to (or snooping on) the data transfer between the client and the server will only see this encrypted information.
The greater the number of bits used when generating a certificate the stronger the encryption used.
What do we use?
We use 128 bit encryption technologies when transferring and receiving customer data exchanged with our site server. All other data transfer is conducted through a secure phone line. 128 bit is the highest and the safest encryption available in the industry.
Is 128 bit Encryption Secure?
Key length determines how difficult it is to reveal the encrypted data. For example, very fast computers can crack a 40 bit code in less than an hour. Using current computing technology, a 128 bit code could be cracked in roughly one billion billion millennia. Suffice to say, by the time the code is cracked, human beings will not exist anymore, most likely the universe will not exist either.
What is a secure certificate?
A digital certificate contains the name of a company, Web site or individual, along with a cryptographic key that can be used to encrypt information that must be sent to that individual. When your browser switches into secure mode, it asks the Web site to present its certificate. The browser decides whether or not it trusts the certificate by looking at who issued it. If the browser trusts the certificate (as it does those issued by Thawte), then it will encrypt all communications with that Web site, using the cryptographic key in the certificate.
How can I see your secure certificate?
During the checkout process you will see a NON broken key or a NON open lock indicating that the session or mode is encrypted. You may click on the key or the lock to view our secure certificate.