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SSL is and acronym that stands for secure sockets layer. It is an encryption system that was originally developed by Netscape in 1994 to send documents and other information across the internet. The idea was to be able to send information securely across the net without hackers, crackers or anyone else being able to capture or to view the information that was transmitted. Basically the system encrypts the data to be transmitted and sends the key to the ultimate recipient of the data as a separate packet and then sends the data to be un-encrypted.
This system is so effective that it was adopted for use in sending information such as credit card numbers and personal data securely across the internet. In order to approve your website most credit card processing companies require that your website checkout have an SSL certificate, which indicates that your web site uses SSL encryption before they will approve your web site to use an online shopping cart that sends information to their web site.
Another benefit of using DesignCart as your online shopping cart service, is that it uses its own secure certificate, so there is no need to spend additional funds to acquire your own. Your customers can shop with the knowledge that their transactions are being processed with up to 256bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) data protection (The highest allowed by current web browsers)
You will know that a site or the web pages that accept your personal and financial data are secure by looking at the address bar and it should show 'https://' before the URL of the web site rather than the standard http://.