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Are you familiar with what SSL Certificates do?

I talk a lot about online shopping, but do we also pay required attention to how safe our information (personal as well as financial) is when we register on a website and swipe our credit card?

security when shopping online

Since few years, internet security has become a major issue for the website owners. Every website owner wishes to provide the best in market security to its users. And this is where SSL certificates have come into the picture. Webmasters as well as the visitors feel more secure psychologically when they see the green padlock icon on their browsing windows. SSL certificates are no doubt very crucial to the entire web encryption system. Encryption of the URLs and internet traffic makes internet browsing much easier and safer. The SSL certificate encryption not only filters your search but also provides a safe passage for all confidential communications.

Over the years many questions on the necessity, validation and security levels of SSL certificates have been raised. This poses a threat to the global use of the SSL certificates and its importance. Listed below are some common myths related to these security certificates and the security they offer in the cyber industry:

  • Myth: SSL certificates are very costly
    not all the certificates are same and of same price! SSL certificates are not expensive. A wide range of certificates are available in the markets that are used for different purposes. Their cost also varies with the levels of security they offer and applications they support. A simple domain validation SSL certificate only costs a couple of bucks. With Social networking sites like Facebook making it compulsory to adopt the https:// URL for setting up all the applications, SSL certificate sales have alleviated.


  • Myth: All certificates are similar
    the diversity of the SSL certificates issued by the Certificate Authority council has been questioned many times. The fact is SSL certificates differ in the type of validation they offer. Some certificates secure e-commerce transactions while some protect the web applications from getting tempered. SSL certificates authenticate the e-mail exchanges.


  • Myth: SSL certificates are not reliable
    in past years, SSL certificates have proved themselves to be the most reliable and robust form of cryptography systems. They offer high-end security without compromising with the quality. Also, their protocols are highly encrypted and can’t be broken into by a mere hacker.


  • Myth: SSL is out-dated and vulnerable to risks
    the truth is nothing is as scalable and trustworthy as the SSL certificates. CAs has even made various collaborations with browsers to enhance the security levels.


  • Myth: need for separate IP address for each sub-domain
    Incorrect, the fact is you only need an SSL certificate for a single domain and all the entire sub-domains coming under it are covered along.

Saving at Supermarkets

Saving at Supermarket

Super markets are the places where we buy most of our house hold things. There are offers and more offers and we end up buying more from the supermarket. Not only we buy more of grocery than what is required, we also buy other things we crave for like chocolate. It adds to the budget without us realizing, and the money is spent. Next month again this happens and again we spend more. When I calculated the total extra that we spend in a Supermarket on things we do not require it amounted to a whopping 4000 Euros. Well I took lessons and went to build a strategy as I cannot avoid supermarkets. This strategy has been in place for six months and I have saved close to 1500 Euros if not more.

  • Made List of wanted articles – The basic thing I started was to make a list of things I wanted and sticking to it. It made a lot of difference as I was buying only what I required rather than what the supermarket was offering.
  • Limited my visits – I started to go to the supermarket once a month and if required a second time. This resulted in buying less extra things and buying in bulk which cost me less.
  • Buying Vegetables and eggs from Farmers’ market –  I have been buying vegetables and eggs from farmers market and not supermarket. I get them fresh and they cost less of course.

Home Wine..

Home Wine Making Spurred on by Arrival of Friends

Sometimes I think my ideas towards saving money are worth sharing just because of the turn of events. Recently long-lost friends announced they were in town and were paying us a visit. They’re wine lovers and because I have already tasted some wine made locally and it happened to be good, I decided to save money on buying bottles and make my own wine.  In making red wine for instance, it is important that the sugar content of the juice be between 18 and 25% . Less sugar and the wine is thin and sour, more and the fermentation becomes erratic and may be incomplete so that some sugar is left in the wine.

Don’t try making wine unless you have the right equipment and ingredients.  You will need to invest in a basic wine kit. This is perfect because with it you can make up to 30 bottles. Believe me, being frugal can sometimes give you lots of fun, just like this wine making hobby of mine. Delicious, friends and family can’t believe the difference, and if you follow direction carefully, you’ll get pretty good results. You’ll be able to enjoy your evening drink and not have to worry about the soaring wine prices.

Frugal Shopping Gets You Great Getaways

With grown up kids, at last my husband and I are starting to get around a bit. We’re traveling a bit more and having a whale of a time. People always say ‘Felicity, you’ve been so frugal all your life, with the cost of living rising, how do you do it’? I’ve already told you I love comparing prices. I’ve discovered travel websites where you can cut costs and travel far cheaper. These sites let you search everywhere and they list the cheapest flights from your local airport.
You can actually see flight prices for instance for an entire year. With no more kids in the house we don’t have to travel over weekends and school holidays and this makes a massive impact on flight prices.

Not only that, when you bid on accommodation, you can actually get some real bargains without having to give up on luxury either. By using site such as Priceline for instance, you can bid low and the fun part comes from waiting to see if you were the lucky bidder to get yourself an awesome getaway at a fraction of the price.

Everybody has well got their own travel styles to make travel more easier, quicker and affordable and if you’ve got some worthwhile cheap travel secrets, than I’d love for you to share them here.

Challenges of e-shopping

Online Shopping

Online Shopping


Many people find it easy to order everything from the internet. However I am not that comfortable with the option. Yes it gives flexibility and you can buy at lower price, but somehow I do not trust the medium. I will share with you today the difficulty I faced which led to my current state of mind. Mind it was not once.There was lots of talk about payday loans

  • You do not get what you see – Internet shopping is different from physical shopping. The article may look great on your computer screen but might not be that good. I once ordered a dress for myself. It was pink and I loved the shade as it looked on my computer screen. But when the parcel arrived, and I opened it a rag came out. I kept calling the customer service but to no avail. This never happens in a physical shop.
  • Matter of size – The biggest challenge faced  is of size. The sizes vary and sometimes you get too small or too big size. Hence articles that we wear, are very difficult to buy online. My husband faced this problem when he ordered a pair of office shoes. The web shop send a shoe which was toddlers‘. God I will never buy a shoe online.
  • Payment system – Even after so much of development of online payment systems, failures happen. Once a failed payment took 30 days to return in my account. This is really painful.

After so many experiences, I finally decided that I will shop in normal shops by going there. I love the process.

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When you spend most of your shopping hours calculating discounts and comparing, you have a hard time enjoying the experience. Yes, your budget isn’t weeping tears of distress. Yes, you only buy what you need. Pat yourself on the back, you are doing great! With the dust of holiday shopping all but settled, you can do something that you probably do only once or twice a year.

Saving pads your bank account, but it takes something truly special to reward yourself. When you are looking for that special little something, check your balance and decide how much of it you can spend, then spend it! There are few rules governing how you reward yourself, but you can also help someone in the process.

Etsy shops are great for the double bladed reward maneuver. You can buy something spectacular and one of a kind, and reward a needy crafter or artist while doing so! Better  yet, find a new designer or have a new designer redesign your existing wardrobe! You actually kill 3 birds with this single stone as you cull your wardrobe at the same time.

Once you have your reward, don’t forget to wear it, or use it where everyone can fuss over it!



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