I recently purchased an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate for this (and all my websites). So, what does that mean to you, as a user? Secure connections to this site assure that any private information that you share on the site will be encrypted from your browser to this server.
When are secure connections ESSENTIAL? You should always be very careful when transferring your username, password, email address, and credit card (or any financial) information to a website. It is even more important if you are using a public WiFi connection. (The LifeHacker website has an article about this, here.) The secure connection assures that the website has established credentials with a Certificate Authority (CA) which your browser and operating system recognizes.
How to know whether your connection is secure? Your browser should identify all secure connections by displaying a “padlock” symbol (generally in the address bar). It may also show the https portion of the URL in green or some unique color.
Practically nothing can stop a dedicated hacker from breaking into even the most secure websites. (Re: the news accounts of Target, Home Depot, and other credit card hacking problems.) But our use of SSL will make it very difficult for anyone to intercept your private communications with us.
The Login page, the Contacts page, and all pages related to your Donations are encrypted. We generally do not encrypt other pages since they do not carry private information. And, there is a slight performance hit when using SSL.
However, if you wish to encrypt all your connections on our site, just connect to the site with the following link: https://bishoptec.com (notice the https at the front, rather than http) and all your connections with us will be secured. If you wish to go back to the unencrypted version (slightly faster), just leave the site and then return using the standard bishoptec.com address (without using the https).
Let us know if you will be using this feature or not. Comments are open – see the form below.