The following are answers to common questions in the Microsoft FrontPage Client Newsgroup:
Electronic Commerce - Things to think about / know
1. All e-mails should be encrypted.
2. Files saved to the web should be placed in a directory prefixed by "_" (if FrontPage extensions are involved) or a directory that has been password protected.
PLEASE keep in mind that unless a computer is locked away from the outside world, storing such information on the World Wide Web is open to hacking.
SSL (Secure socket layer) secure transactions, is an emerging standard developed by Netscape Communications to transfer information securely across the Internet.
This method allows for secure, encrypted communication between the user's web browser and your web site. SSL will enable your customer's browser to connect to your web site and transparently negotiate a secure communication channel. Once this connection has been made, information, like credit card numbers, can be exchanged with no chance of a third party intercepting the data. SSL requires that a secure host have a "certificate" signed by a company called Verisign.
You must obtain your own encryption certificate for your company. Every web site name (i.e. www.yourdomain.com) that wishes to use SSL will need to have an authentication certificate "signed" by Verisign.
You can find more information about the certificate registration process at: http://www.verisign.com/
Verisign will verify the true identity of you and your company before issuing a certificate.
Please note that SSL does not include software to process credit card transactions. Although you can securely receive credit card information through SSL, actual processing of the credit card will require a "Merchant account" from an accredited financial institution. Credit card processing software will start to appear soon and you can find more information about the new credit card processing standard called "SET" at: