Most people that own a website and choose a hosting service have a certain expectation that the hosting service will offer a level of security to keep computer hackers and identity thieves away. However, this is even more of a concern if you run a website that accepts payments for services or products. The idea of secure hosting services is something that is promoted a great deal by a number of different hosting companies. While you may have heard of the term, most people don’t understand what a secured hosting plan is and why these plans would be needed.
A secure hosting service simply means that the hosting provider includes elevated security on the hosting server to protect sensitive information. For example, as mentioned before, if you accept payments for products or services that your website provides, there’s going to be a great deal of personal information transferred from the consumer to you the website owner via your Web server. Credit card and checking account information needs to be as safe as possible and typically this is done through SSL encryption.
SSL is short for Securer Socket Layer encryption and what this does is it encrypts information such as credit card and bank account numbers and it also sends with the data in a data key so that your browser can decrypt the encrypted information. One of the great things about this type of security is that should a computer hacker intercept that data as it is being transferred from the customer to the website itself, the information will be useless unless they have the key to unlock and decrypt the information. Fortunately, your website that has the specific SSL encryption as well as the key to decrypt the information is the only way that data will be decrypted.
This is just one aspect of secure hosting services. However, it’s an important one to look for when you’re looking at hosting services to keep the information that goes between you and your clients on a website as safe as possible. Fortunately, there are many hosting companies offer this type of service and simply a matter of choosing which one offers the best service at the best price.
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