If you are using the QNet website in the UAE, you have probably noticed that it runs even quicker now! This is because www.QNET.ae has been switched to the Akamai Network.
What does it mean?
Akamai is a distributed computing platform for global Internet content and application delivery. What this means for you, is that you can access the website faster and make transactions in your eStore quicker, no matter where you are! You can download files faster and open eBooks faster! Akamai is used by Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Yahoo!, to name a few. QNet uses it as well and now www.qnet.ae is our latest addition to the Akamai Network!
And we don’t just stop there! QNet continues to adopt the highest industry standards for online protection. Now www.qnet.ae also carries Enhanced Validation SLL (EVSSL) Certification, meaning our UAE website has joined official QNet websites in displaying the safe green address bar with the verified company name, indicating that our identity and legitimacy has been extensively verified and protected.
Why is EVSSL so important? Online security nowadays is vital, especially in e-commerce, given that cyber hackers are constantly attempting to circumvent long-established safeguards. For example, did you know that websites with a ‘lock’ icon, indicating SSL encryption, aren’t actually able to guarantee your online safety from phishing attacks?
These types of attacks can trick you into believing you are making a secured online transaction through an official website, when in fact you could actually be on a duplicated site with a very similar URL. These types of phishing websites can be especially difficult to detect if users gain a false sense of security by seeing a ‘lock’ icon, which doesn’t actually tell you if the website you are on is the real one. It just means the information you transmit is encrypted. But with the EVSSL, you can rest assured that you’re safe from online threats and attacks!
Here’s how your QNet website address line should look in different browsers. It means you are protected!
How does EVSSL benefit QNet customers?
Enhanced Verification Secure Socket Layer technology represents the highest level security technology for online e-commerce sites available today. In order for QNet to gain EVSSL certification, an extensive verification process is undertaken by the industry’s leading online security provider: VeriSign. Customers benefit by the added level of security provided by both the data encryption and enhanced verification of QNet’s identity as a fully legitimate e-commerce company.
What is Extended Validation SSL?
Extended Validation SSL Certificates give high-security web browsers information to clearly identify a website’s organisational identity. For example, if you use Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7 to go to a website secured with an SSL Certificate that meets the Extended Validation Standard, IE7 will cause the URL address bar to turn green. A display next to the green bar will toggle between the organisation name listed in the certificate and the Certificate Authority (VeriSign, for example). Firefox 3 also supports Extended Validation SSL. Other browsers are expected to offer Extended Validation visibility in upcoming releases. Older browsers will display Extended Validation SSL Certificates with the same security symbols as existing SSL Certificates.
Why were Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL Certificates) created?
Extended Validation SSL Certificates were created in direct response to the rise in Internet fraud, eroding consumer confidence in online transactions. In 2005, 84 per cent of respondents to a Forrester Research study said they don’t think retailers are doing enough to protect their customers online and 24 per cent did not make purchases online due to security concerns (Lauri Giesen, “Hand-holding: Fraud-weary consumers look for the seal of approval”, Internet Retailer, March 2006). Before customers share their confidential data online, they want proof of identification from a trusted source. The Extended Validation SSL Standard raises the bar on verification of SSL Certificates and enables visual displays in high security browsers.