MSA Industries takes Internet Security Seriously. From start to finish your personal information is transferred on a secure, encrypted and direct connection. Once your order is placed your billing information is not kept on file and is terminated with your online session to ensure that your information is secure. Please read below for more information about SSL Security and how it helps to protect you with every visit.
What is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)?
The Secure Sockets Layer protects data transferred over http using encryption enabled by a server’s SSL Certificate. An SSL Certificate contains a public key and a private key. A public key is used to encrypt information and a private key is used to decipher it. When a browser points to a secured domain, an SSL handshake authenticates the server and the client and establishes an encryption method and a unique session key. They can begin a secure session that protects message privacy and message integrity. Even if the data is intercepted by a hacker, it will be completely unreadable.
Is 128-bit SSL encryption really stronger than 40-bit SSL encryption?
Absolutely. When an SSL handshake occurs between a client and server, a level of encryption is determined by the browser, the client computer operating system, and in certain situations the SSL Certificate. Low-level encryption, 40- or 56-bits, is acceptable for sites with low-value information. However, a hacker with the time, tools, and motivation can crack the code in a matter of minutes. High-level encryption, at 128-bits, can calculate 288 times as many combinations as 40-bit encryption. That’s over a trillion times a trillion times stronger. That same hacker with the same tools would require a trillion years to break into a session protected by an SGC-enabled certificate.
MSA Development Team