Ways to supplement SSL certificates

Ways to supplement SSL certificates

While Thawte and GeoTrust SSL certificates are great to use for companies looking to protect communications between users and their eCommerce website, a post on PCQuest said companies should be taking other steps to make sure online data is protected on their website. While SSL certificates help protect confidential data and stored items in transit by encrypting them and having unique signatures, companies still need to take a holistic approach to security. The first thing suggested is to avoid using shared hosting.

"In shared hosting, multiple websites are hosted on the same physical server," the website said. "Even if one website is completely secure, another insecure website hosted on the same server can help the hacker to compromise the secure website by attacking the insecure one. So avoid shared hosting as much as you can, and in case shared hosting is the only available option, sign up with a secured shared hosting provider."

Other things to keep in mind regarding the security of an eCommerce website include hardening the website's security by removing unwanted problems, configuring the network's firewall, updating the latest versions of security software and more. Companies should also be sure to back up their content and files and move them to a secure location to make sure even if all goes wrong on the main website, the information is still secure.

VeriSign SSL certificates can go a long way in improving a customer's perception of a business' online security and safety, according to Symantec, which owns VeriSign. Displaying the seal that lets customers know SSL certificates protect the website can help reassure visitors that it is safe to do business with the website, making them more likely to buy and less likely to abandon a shopping cart.