Before you deploy your commerce site on a production server, consider investing in a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) server certificate from a company such as VeriSign (http://www.verisign.com). You can then use the certificate to set up a secure Web server that employs encryption when communicating with Web browsers. This secured server might or might not reside on the same machines as the company’s regular Web servers.
Many people are unwilling to place an order at a site that doesn’t use SSL security, and rightly so. The decision is yours, of course, but you are strongly urged to use a secured server for collecting any kind of personal information such as credit card numbers.
The secured Web-server instance may have ...