Little Sprout utilises a technology called SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). SSL is a set of rules followed by computers connected to the Internet. These rules include encryption, which guards against stealing data. This ensures that your communications aren't tampered with during transmission and authentication, which verifies that the party actually receiving your communication is legitimate. Little Sprout uses 128-bit encryption, which means there are billions and billions of possible keys required to decipher coded information. It is virtually impossible for an unauthorized party to find the right key.
To determine a site’s security status, look at the site's URL in your browser window. If you see an "s" added to the "http" (to make "https"), this indicates that SSL is in effect on the current page. If you're about to send information to a site that's not using SSL, your browser will warn you first. This is one reason that it is important to ensure your browser is up to date.
SSL protects your communications during transmission. Due to the authentication involved, secure servers are slower than regular servers for delivering files. Therefore, SSL is only used when transmitting sensitive information across the web, such as your personal details.