Chapter 4 - eCommerce
4.1 Secure Server (SSL)
4.1.0 SSL - General Overview
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, Internet standard used to
transfer information securely across the Internet. SSL
establishes a secure channel between your visitor's browser
and your web site on our server. Through this channel,
sensitive information such as credit card numbers can be
4.1.1 SSL - When to use secure server.
If you want to take customer payment information via your web
site, it's important to have your order form called via SSL
(secure socket layer). Currently secure server is primarily
used for taking credit card information over the Internet but
its purpose is not limited to that.
4.1.2 SSL - How to use secure server.
Option 1. Via Your Own Certificate
You can obtain your own Digital Certificate from
Thawte through www.msextoys.com.
This will allow you to reference a secure URL using your own domain
name; https://YOURDOMAIN.com gives your site a more professional
Please contact support to request instructions on obtaining your own
Option 1. Via GLOBEINTCOM'S Certificate
1) Place your order page (e.g. order.html) in your regular web
2) In order to call this page, order.html, in secure mode, you
need to have following url:
For example, suppose you want to have a link from your index.html
page to your secure order form, you would put following html
in your index.html page:
Example: Let's assume your domain name is
"foobar.com" and your secure server name is
id67.securedata.net, the secure server link would be:
IMPORTANT: You will need send an email to
to find out what you should put in idXX as each
server has to have unique name.
3) To call your cgi-scripts via SSL, you should use following url:
NOTE TO FrontPage USERS: Only scripts in cgi-bin will be recognized by
SSL (_vti_bin/shtml.exe which FrontPage configures will not work
securely). This is not limited to www.msextoys.com but a general problem
with FrontPage. This means that WebBot Save Results Component of
FrontPage will not work with SSL.
4.2 Getting Your Own Secure Server Certificate
There are several steps involved in obtaining your own secure server
certificate. It involves you, www.msextoys.com and either of
the two certificate issuing companies - VeriSign and Thawte.
One of the reasons why our customers opt to obtain their own
certificate is mainly for marketing reasons. Having your
own certificate gives your online business higher level of
credibility that often translate into to higher sales volume.
VeriSign vs. Thawte.
From a practical standpoint, there is not much difference
between the two companies except in pricing. VeriSign is
$349/year and Thawte is $129/year. VeriSign is a more
established brand of the two.
Steps to Obtaining Your Own Certificate:
4.3 Akopia Interchange
Please see Akopia Interchange
web site to obtain additional information, or fell free to
contact us with your