Secure Digital Environments, how to identify them?

Online banking and internet shopping are becoming even more popular. The concern for secure digital environments has also become more pronounced.

Internet banking platforms and e-commerces need to ensure that the exchange of data takes place securely, offering their customers the peace of mind of knowing that their data (such as credit cards and passwords) will not be intercepted.

How customers identify secure digital environments

In the case of online shopping, customers often choose large online stores or follow recommendations from people they know. This gives them the idea that they will be browsing in safe digital environments.

The shopping experience can say a lot about the reliability of an online store, but it doesn’t say everything, since some aspects can be fundamental when it comes to identifying whether that environment is really safe for carrying out this type of transaction.

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is one of the most widely used ways of making digital environments secure, as it uses authentication to protect the content of the exchange of messages between customers/sellers, for example.

In short, the site and the user make a key exchange negotiation, also known as a handshake. This process is briefly described below:

  1. The customer sends a message to start the negotiation. This message informs you of some of the protocols and ciphers that the client supports;
  2. The server sends a message with protocol and cipher to start the negotiation;
  3. The client checks that the server’s digital certificate can be trusted;
  4. The client sends a random number encrypted with the server’s public key;
  5. The server, located in secure digital environments, receives the information and deciphers it to find out the random number generated;
  6. The client sends an end of negotiation message;
  7. The server sends an end of negotiation message;
  8. From that moment on, client and server can chat using the key based on the random and encrypted number.

Through this system of encryption and key exchange, SSL guarantees that:

  • Only the client can decipher the content of an encrypted message.
  • Any data that is exchanged in the process is protected in secure digital environments.
  • The client has the guarantee that the server is who it says it is.

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The famous website locks

When using SSL, the web server displays some characteristics that help the client identify its security, such as the famous padlocks on websites.

These padlocks are usually next to the URL, which can also help identify secure digital environments. After all, sites beginning with “https://”(Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure – note that the “s” is for security) indicate protected environments, and any transactions made on them will be encrypted.

Before carrying out any financial transaction on the internet, pay attention to these tips! In other words, look for the padlock and check that the URL starts with “https://”.

To check out digital certification solutions that guarantee secure digital environments, be sure to visit the Eval website.

About Eval

EVAL has been developing projects in the financial, health, education, and industry segments for over 18 years. Since 2004, we have offered solutions for Authentication, Electronic and Digital Signature, and Data Protection. Currently, we are present in the main Brazilian banks, health institutions, schools and universities, and different industries.

With value recognized by the market, EVAL’s solutions and services meet the highest regulatory standards of public and private organizations, such as SBIS, ITI, PCI DSS, and LGPD. In practice, we promote information security and compliance, increase companies’ operational efficiency, and reduce costs.

Innovate now, lead always: get to know Eval’s solutions and services and take your company to the next level.

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