How to Start an Ecommerce Business
The ideal candidate will have worked 2+ years as a Network or Web engineer supporting a web site that takes millions of hits per day, and includes brochure as well as ecommerce and advanced data delivery functionality. The ability to work with application and site developers to deploy scalable, secure and stable web applications is required. Support for IIS, MS SQL, Windows, and Oracle iAS is needed. Experience operating in a co-located or remote-hosted and global load balanced environment is a plus. Knowledge of emerging Internet technologies and standards is expected. On-call support is required.
Electronic commerce applications such as online shopping and banking are generally encrypted using either the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) specifications. TLS is based on version 3.0 of the SSL specifications, so they are very similar in nature. Because of this similarity and because SSL is older the SSL acronym is often used to refer to either variety. For Web connections, the SSL connection is established first, and then normal HTTP communication is tunneled through it.
Electronic commerce is becoming very popular on the Internet. Companies will often pay thousands of dollars for commercial packages to deliver secure content to customers on the Web. You can setup one of the most popular Web servers, Apache, running on Linux and serving secure content, for free.
NOTE You will need to create two rules for web connections one for standard HTTP, and another for HTTPS secure connections, such as those used by online shops, banks and email services. Additionally, some websites insist on using non-standard port numbers, in which case they will be blocked to you unless you create a custom rule allowing that particular port.
In addition, if your company conducts electronic commerce using your HTTP server, you'll need to ensure the privacy of the transactions, as well as provide strong authentication to your prospective customers and business partners. This can be addressed using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) extensions to the base Apache HTTP distribution. This chapter describes two different packages that you can deploy to ensure the privacy and authentication of your HTTP transactions
In the next few steps, you'll create your own self-signed certificate for use on your web server. If you already have an SSL certificate from a bona fide Certificate Authority (CA) , you should use that if possible. What exactly is the difference, you might wonder Any self-signed certificate is not considered truly secure, and will trigger a warning in a user's browser, something like Your browser does not recognize the Certificate Authority that issued the site's certificate. A certificate from a proper CA is recommended if you're doing any sort of ecommerce or secure transaction.
The security features described previously are all designed to protect information provided by the server. In addition to protecting the security of server data, you are responsible for protecting the security of your client's data. If you want to run an electronic commerce business, you must use a secure server that protects your customers' personal information, such as credit card numbers. Secure Apache servers use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt protected sessions.
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