Privacy has become a major concern for consumers with the rise of identity theft and impersonation, thus any concern for consumers must be treated as a major concern for any online store owners.

There are a few eCommerce fundamentals to the conduct of secure business online and one of which is ensuring Consumer Privacy, wherein information exchanged between you the Online Store Owner and your Customer, must be kept from unauthorized parties.

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In this article you will learn:

What is an SSL Certificate?

Why Do I Need An SSL Certificate?

How Does an SSL Certificate Work?

How to Add/Purchase an SSL Certificate for your Cart

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization's details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol (over port 443) and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.


Why Do I Need An SSL Certificate?

Cybersecurity poses a major challenge to online businesses, hackers are multiplying by the numbers and are becoming more daring in compromising websites, particularly eCommerce websites where sensitive financial information is exchanged. A simple breach can create huge liability costs and shake customer confidence in a business. That’s why all eCommerce sites should use secure sockets layer (SSL) protection.

How Does an SSL Certificate Work?

SSL protects information by encrypting data between two servers. Only the host computer can decrypt the data and only the client computer can verify the server certificate. If the session is interrupted for any reason, the session is broken and must be reestablished. Sites that implement the SSL/TLS protocol display a padlock icon in the address bar.

 Note: SSL is more than just a technical tool to provide security for transactions; it is a trusted name in security. When customers see the SSL icon, they’re reassured that their financial information is safe and secure. This helps build consumer loyalty and confidence in your brand.

How to Add/Purchase an SSL Certificate for your Cart?

The standard Hosted plan already comes with a free SSL. However, if you wish to purchase your own SSL Certificate (which is normal for medium to larger businesses), here's how you can purchase one.

1. Login to your PinnacleCart Account with the email address and password you used to sign up.


2. Click on the link to see the Extras that you can purchase, including SSL.


3. Then Choose the kind of SSL Certificate you want to get. (Note: Basic Hosted Plan already comes with RapidSSL)


4. Our Team will then process the installation of your SSL Certificate, all you need to do is sit back and relax, and wait for our team to contact you confirming the installation of your SSL Certificate.


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