Merchants who accept credit cards are required by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) to process transactions on a securely encrypted channel. An SSL certificate verifies that all transactions take place over the encrypted secure socket layer (SSL). The secure session is established when the customer begins the checkout process, or whenever other sensitive information is shared. During the secure transaction, a padlock icon appears in the address bar of your browser, and the URL prefix changes from http:// to https://.
A custom SSL certificate provides your customers with a seamless checkout experience from the security of your own “dot com” address. Otherwise, your customers are redirected to the shared secure channel on the Magento Go domain for the duration of their transactions.
Note: You must have a custom domain before you can purchase a security certificate for your store.
Magento charges a $99 annual fee for any SSL certificate that is purchased or transferred from a third-party provider. The fee includes installation on the Magento Go server and a dedicated IP address, and is in addition to any fee charged by the third-party provider. To learn more, see: Secure Your Online Store with its Own SSL Certificate - Pricing.
Note: Do not enter a post office box number for the organization address.
Note: It is important to enter the information in these fields correctly. Symantec (Verisign) may need to contact you to verify your information before your SSL purchase is completed.
When complete, your account dashboard shows the status of your Custom SSL as “SSL Pending Approval.”
The next step is to change the “A Record” of your custom URL to point to the new IP address. The exact process may vary according to your DNS manager and registrar.
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