Sites have made security a top priority and have been through a formal
verification process, assuring that the organization running the site
has the authority to use the name represented by the site. You can verify
that the site is authenticated by a Thawte Certificate by checking:
page's URL. You can determine a secure page by looking at the address
(URL). It should start with https instead of the standard http.
connection indicators. If you are using Microsoft's Internet Explorer,
you will see a small padlock in the lower right corner. Netscape Navigator
will display a connected key in the lower left corner and a solid blue
line at the top of the page. Other browsers will have other visual clues.
site's certificate. To verify that the site is using a Thawte certificate,
view the ID from your web browser.
- In Netscape
Navigator, select Document Info from the View Menu.
- In Microsoft
Internet Explorer, select Properties from the File Menu and then select
the Security tab.
to a site in secure mode not only provides assurance of the site's authenticity,
it enables encryption for information exchanged between the site and your
Security - The Need for Electronic Identification
Why is Internet
security so important? When you purchase something 'offline', in a face-to-face
situation, you rely on visual and environmental cues to establish the
credibility of the institution with whom you are dealing. For example,
when you buy something at a department store, you trust the employee behind
the counter with your credit card since they are behind the register and
are wearing a store name tag. On the Internet, the traditional cues you
use to help you identify the credibility don't work. Without a secure
means of transferring valuable data, you risk sending your information
to unknown servers, receiving corrupted data, or even being impersonated.
Certification - The Secure Solution
its customers with the confidence necessary to conduct electronic commerce
worldwide. Using today's strongest cryptographic techniques, Thawte provides
a trusted means of authenticating the identity of each party in an electronic
not make any warranties or representations regarding the organization
or the site's content or links.