Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and MerchantQ. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and MerchantQ are encrypted.
An SSL Certificate is like a digital passport that confirms MerchantQ’s credentials for conducting business on the Internet. When you send information such as your names, addresses and credit card numbers to MerchantQ secured with an SSL Certificate, your browser validates the MerchantQ’s digital certificate before establishing an encrypted connection. This process protects information from outside viewing as it flows both to and from MerchantQ’s website.
The Certified Domain seal verify’s the identity of MechantQ’s owner and reassures visitors that the site is not fraudulent.
GoDaddy’s business controls and practices have been thoroughly reviewed by an independent accountant to ensure they conform to the international AICPA/CICA WebTrust for Certification Authorities Principles and Criteria.
According to WebTrust, “A WebTrust attestation engagement focuses on risk areas related to e-commerce activities and the appropriate policies and controls to manage those risks to the benefit of both MerchantQ and MerchantQ’s customers. The end result is a more robust and secure system.” The WebTrust review process, sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, culminated in GoDaddy’s receipt of a WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certification Authorities. WebTrust’s distinctive seal of assurance displays on the GoDaddy website. All supporting documentation for GoDaddy’s SSL Certificates can be found online in the SSL repository.