WEBSITE SECURITY TERM DEFINITIONS
256-bit SSL Encryption
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 a secure connection from a web server to a browser. In World Net Enterprises, Inc. shopping websites, 256-bit security certificates are used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins. 256-bit SSL Encryption security certificates are the most complex, and offer by far the most security available to date.
What Happens When a Browser Encounters SSL
1. A browser attempts to connect to a website secured with SSL.
2. The browser requests that the web server identify itself.
3. The server sends the browser a copy of its SSL Certificate.
4. The browser checks whether it trusts the SSL Certificate. If so, it sends a message to the server.
5. The server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgement to start an SSL encrypted session.
6. Encrypted data is shared between the browser and the server and https appears.
In cryptography, SHA-2 is a cryptographic hash function designed by the United States National Security Agency and is a U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard published by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental organization that is the world's largest developer of standards. Their goal is to create international standards that help facilitate trade, lead to similar levels of workmanship, increase product quality, make the world safer, create more reliable products and services, and increase interchangeability of products and services. Because ISO is non-governmental, their standards are voluntary. They have no authority to enforce their standards. Regulatory agencies may choose to adopt ISO standards and then use their regulatory powers for enforcement.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency under the Department of Commerce. NIST is the United States National Measurement Institute. Their mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade and improve the overall security of ecommerce trade.