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The most common method of creating a secure website is by purchasing access to a secure web server or making your own server secure. A secure web server is a server that uses a security protocol, most commonly SSL, to encrypt and decrypt information as it is transfered to and from the web server. This means the server turns customer credit card information, for example, into a secret code that is very difficult to crack. Most web hosting providers offer SSL secure servers as part of an ecommerce hosting plan, or as an option on a standard web hosting plan for anyone who wants to enhance web site security. You will need a secure server if you plan to run an ecommerce site, or to collect sensitive customer information.