Next time you are at our homepage look at the URL bar (the bar at the top of the page where you typed in the website name). Look to the left and you’ll notice two things. First, that the address begins with “https” instead of the normal http. Then you’ll notice that there is a little padlock, followed by our company, and that everything is green. Is this an interesting little design thing? Is it a way to try and make us stand out? What it actually means is that we are SSL verified.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is something that websites like ours sign up for in order to provide extra online security when dealing with sensitive customer information. What SSL does is encrypt the information that is being sent and received so that online hackers and n’er-do-wells can’t steal the information and use it for their own nefarious purposes. There are even different levels of encryption (some more complicated and harder to crack than others) that a website can sign up for, and these measurements are in “bits”, which is essentially short for “bits of information”, and are classified as either SSL certified or Extended SSL certified.
The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is visual. A normal SSL site will have the “https” in the browser and will feature the padlock, but it will not be green, nor will it have the company name in the URL. Extended SSL certified websites will look like Safepact’s. The technical difference between the two is just the level of security that the certification provides. Because we deal with extremely sensitive information such as credit card numbers and bank statements, we signed up for an Extended SSL certificate.
Any website in the internet world can be SSL verified, but only a select few are. The fact that your website, or the website you go to the most isn’t verified at all shouldn’t make you afraid or throw up any red flags about visiting the site; it honestly comes down to what the site is and what it does. Newspaper website, a sports blog, or a forum probably won’t have any verification on it because there’s no sensitive information being inputted into it. Even forums that require usernames and passwords probably won’t have SSL certificates because a fake username has no real value to some internet hacker, so there’s no real reason so have it be encrypted. It’s only when a website has you put in things like a real name, address, phone numbers, and ESPECIALLY bank account information and credit card numbers, that SSL certification is a must.
We take our job very seriously here at Safepact. We want to be a source of trust for you guys, and that begins and ends with you trusting us with your money and your personal information. The moment we started this website we signed up for the best (extended SSL) certification that we could. If you can’t trust us with your account information, then how will you trust us when you actually deposit money with us? We don’t know the answer to that….and we don’t even want to try to know. We are very proud of our certifications. It’s why we got them, it’s why we put the icons on our homepage, and it’s why we have posts like this to explain what everything is. We can all sleep better at night knowing that we are doing everything in our power to gain your trust, and to work hard for you
If you have any questions over SSL certificates or anything else we are doing to help you trust us, be sure to drop us a line either here or on facebook. Be sure and also tell us if you know of any certifications out there that you think would benefit us, we’ll look into grabbing it.
Internet safe out there!