What is Thawte Certification?
Thawte Certificates provide peace of mind by certifying that your data is sent via a secure HTTP connection in an encrypted manner.
How can I tell if a page is secure?
You can tell when the page is secure because the address changes to HTTPS instead of HTTP, and the requesting browser will display the 'Padlock' icon at the bottom of the page. You might also get a browser message pop up which confirms the page is secure.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the process of scrambling data. There are many different (and complicated) ways to scramble and unscramble information. This section provides a brief description of encryption without going into too much technical detail.
On the Internet, there are two main uses for encryption. One occurs when you visit a secure Web site, such as an online store or shopping mall. This is called server-side encryption because it uses the Digital ID given to the server (computer) that runs the Web site. The other use occurs when you send or receive encrypted e-mail. In both cases, the encryption process involves exchanging public keys.
When encrypting information, the encryption process is done with either a public or a private key and then decrypted with the matching public or private key. The only way to decrypt the information you are sending is with the Web site's private key. For example, when you visit a secure Web site, your computer receives the Web site's public key. When your computer sends information to the Web site, your computer encrypts it using the Web site's public key. The only way to decrypt the information you are sending is with the Web site's private key.