To add a secure area to your website from which you can accept credit card
details from customers or other sensitive information, you will require an SSL
certificate. This will also give you the ability to download your e-mail over a
secure connection making sure that no one but you can read it.
It costs €165 per year for a secure
certificate, and you can order one here.
What is SSL?
The SSL (and TLS) protocol is the Web standard for encrypting communications
between users and SSL (secure sockets layer) e-commerce sites. Data sent via an
SSL connection is protected by encryption, a mechanism that prevents
eavesdropping and tampering with any transmitted data. SSL provides businesses
and consumers with the confidence that private data sent to a Web site, such as
credit card numbers, are kept confidential. Web server certificates (also known
as secure server certificates or SSL certificates) are required to initialize an
Customers know when they have an SSL session with a website when their browser
displays the little gold padlock and the address bar begins with a https rather
than http. SSL certificates can be used on webservers for Internet security and
mailservers such as imap, pop3 and smtp for mail collection / sending security.