E-commerce Security: VeriSign

Tuesday Sep 19th 2000 by Joe Burns
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Learn how online commerce keeps your credit cards safe.

September is security month at Earthweb and I was asked if I could write something dealing with e-commerce. Since I had just finished the process of getting my own VeriSign certificate, I was fairly familiar with what needed to be done

OK. I see the padlock, now what?

You can be darn sure that your information is being encrypted. That means that even if someone did intercept it (which is very unlikely), he or she couldn't decipher the numbers. It is statisti

But my number is sitting on a server

Some sites used to store card numbers unprotected directories on their servers. Hackers rolled in and stole the numbers. That was a very dumb move on the site administrator's part and, hope
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