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A hot topic this. If you are going to transfer secure information then don't! Not without a secure connection.


A Secure Socket Layer is jargon for a secure connection between browser and host. If there is a secure connection a padlock (IE) or key (Netscape) will appear at the bottom of the browser. No symbol - No security.

Levels of security

Currently the highest level of encryption is 128bit. Its secure - ok! Lower levels than this are secure too, just a little less so.

Storing data

Never store sensitive data on a machine connected to the internet. If its there it can be stolen - if not, it can't be stolen. Storing people's data on a computer could contravene the data protection act... so there!

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