As an online-only company, the security of our website is of paramount importance to us, and to our customers.
Website security is a very general term, and can include many different technical aspects. One of the most important aspects is known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. In simple terms, this is a security protocol that encrypts the data you enter into your web browser on your computer so that it can travel to our servers without anyone else being able to read it.
This is important because people enter important and sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, onto our website, and we need to make sure that no one can intercept that information.
However, making a secure payment is only useful if you know who you are paying!
Previously, we used a standard SSL certificate which encrypts the data securely and prevents spying. Today, we have installed a new type of SSL certificate called an Extended Validation SSL Certificate. The extended validation part means that before we can use the certificate, the company issuing it must go through additional checks to ensure that we are who we say we are, and record that information with the certificate.
Now, you can be assured that we are who we say we are. When going to any secure page on our site (checkout, login, my account etc) you will see the address bar on your browser turn green and display our company name. Clicking on that will give you some extra information such as our contact details. Surprisingly, not many companies choose to use this type of certificate as it’s significantly more expensive than the standard one. However, we feel that the extra expense justifies the additional security that our customers now receive.
Our Multi-Domain EV SSL Certificate is provided by Comodo, one of the leaders in online security.