What is a Secure Server ?
Definition – What does Secure Servers mean?
A secure servers is a Web server that guarantees secure online transactions. Secure servers use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol for data encryption and decryption to protect data from unauthorized interception.
Secure servers are used by online retailers and any organization with a Web presence.
Servers provide a variety of internal and external
user services in organizations, which are constantly vulnerable to security threats, due to data sensitivity.
Secure servers help organizations and businesses conduct secure and private network transactions. Until recently, e-commerce opportunities were often lost because of online user security concerns. However, the growth of online retailing has expanded requirements for security and measures geared toward preventing malicious attacks (like phishing and hacking).
There are several situations when the secure server can be useful:
- Using the secure server gives some protection against eavesdropping, and most of all it protects against others snooping your password or cookie (for example with tools like Firesheep). Eavesdropping is a problem especially when connecting through a wireless network, a company or school network, or a public computer such as an Internet café.
- Some users have a bad Internet connection that intermittently mangles characters. This can cause all kinds of weird problems while editing pages. This mostly happens when connected over wireless or mobile networks. Using the secure server fixes this, since the secure connection has much better error detection than the normal connections.
- Some Internet access points (such as public Wi-Fi networks at some hotels or cafes) inject banner ads into all kinds of web pages; using the secure server prevents this.