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What is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)?
The Secure Sockets Layer protects data transferred over http using encryption enabled by a server's SSL Certificate. An SSL Certificate contains a public key and a private key. A public key is used to encrypt information and a private key is used to decipher it. When a browser points to a secured domain, an SSL handshake authenticates the server and the client and establishes an encryption method and a unique session key. They can begin a secure session that protects message privacy and message integrity.
Why is 256-bit encryption important for our Patients?
Best security practices are to install a unique certificate on each server and choose 256-bit SSL Certificate. A unique certificate keeps your private keys protected, and ensures that every site visitor, no matter what browser or operating system they use, connects at the highest level of encryption their system is capable of. A 256-bit encryption is necessary for processing payments, sharing confidential data, or collecting personally identifiable information such as social security or tax ID number, mailing address, or date of birth. You need 256-bit or better encryption if your customers are concerned about the privacy of the data they send to you.
What exactly is data encryption?
Encryption is the process of changing data into a form that can be read only by the intended receiver. To decipher the message, the receiver of the encrypted data must have the proper decryption key. In traditional encryption schemes, the sender and the receiver use the same key to encrypt and decrypt data. Public-key encryption schemes use two keys: a public key, which anyone may use, and a corresponding private key, which is possessed only by the person who created it. With this method, anyone may send a message encrypted with the owner's public key, but only the owner has the private key necessary to decrypt it. The 256 Bit tells users that the size of the encryption key used to encrypt the data being passed between a Web browser and Web server is 256 Bits in size. Because the size of the 256 Bit key is large it is computationally unfeasible to crack and hence is known as strong SSL security.