E-darussalam website user-friendly, efficient, visually pleasing but lacks SSL encryption

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dear Editor,

THE new e-darussalam website (picture of launch) is very efficient and user-friendly. The one thing that really impresses me is that it is very fast and self-explanatory.

However, it has come to my attention that the login page and sign up page is not protected with an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption.

When trying to access the login page from a secure connection (this can be done by adding a 's' in front of http for example, https://www.google.com) Firefox identified the encryption certificate as invalid.

Most websites in the United Kingdom and United States that handle online transactions and payments are protected with either a 128 bit or 256 bit SSL encryption certificate. This prevents hackers from intercepting data. A website without this sort of protection is more likely to be vulnerable to attacks from hackers.

I understand the e-darussalam website is in its early days, but a government website that handles online transactions and payments needs an SSL encryption on its login and sign-up pages.

Overall the e-darussalam website is the most efficient website I have seen to date. It is visually pleasing and works well on any web browser. It provides links to all government services in Brunei, however it would benefit from an SSL encryption on its login and sign-up pages.

Abd,

HK


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