Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Electronic Disease Reporting

Secure Sign-In: SSL and NEDSS Security

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a communications protocol for transmitting private information over the Internet. SSL works by encrypting data that is transmitted over the SSL connection. Both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer support SSL. You can be sure that SSL is present and functioning by looking for the small lock icon [SSL Lock Icon] in your browser's status bar.

All of the information you exchange with NEDSS (including your sign-in name and password during the login process) is encrypted and then sent over the Internet using an SSL connection. No one can read or access the data that is being transmitted.

Finally, after you sign in, NEDSS keeps track of who you are by using a computer-generated key rather than your NEDSS user name. This key, a Globally Unique Identifier (or GUID for short), changes each time you visit the site, which makes it very difficult for anyone else to pose as you.