Why You And Your Clients Need An SSL Certificate

As a client you can now offer SSL certificates to your clients. Read about how and why this security measure can protect you and your clients.

Is the information you’re sending across the internet secure? What about the information that is coming to you?

Online security has become a major concern for website owners all around the world as the internet has become more widely used. Hackers continue to pop up all around the web, stealing confidential information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers and banking information. As this information is oftentimes sent across the internet, it becomes available for anyone to intercept it.

Thanks to encryption technologies such as SSL, you can make sure that the information entered on your site is protected from hackers.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It’s a cryptographic protocol that creates a secure connection between two computers, and then encrypts – or codes – the information being sent back and forth. If a hacker gains access to what’s being sent between computers, all they see is jumbled code that is meaningless to them and completely unusable.

An SSL certificate is a digitally signed certificate that verifies the identity of a website. It provides your customers with proof that you’re using SSL to encrypt any data being submitted to your website. SSL certificates come from a trusted authority known as a Certificate Authority (CA), and usually contain the owner’s name, the name of the issuer, the certificate holder’s public key and an expiration date.

How does SSL work?

SSL works alongside HTTP, which is the protocol used for sending data between systems. When information is due to be sent, the web browser verifies the SSL certificate of the site it’s connecting to through HTTP. If both sides of the connection can verify that there is a valid SSL certificate present, the data is then encrypted before being sent.

For a more detailed explanation, check out this video.

How do I know if a site is protected by an SSL certificate?

There are a few different ways of determining  if the site you’re visiting has a verified SSL certificate. The easiest way is to look at the address bar. If it reads ‘https’ instead of just ‘http’, the site you’re visiting is secure. Other indicators are a small padlock in the address bar, or if the entire address bar is green.

Note: browsers will display SSL verification in different ways. These are the most common ways to know if the site you’re visiting is protected.

Do all websites need an SSL certificate?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many online shoppers will abandon their cart and the website itself if it is not protected by an SSL certificate, so it is a vital investment for businesses who hope to compete in the digital market.

Websites that ask for confidential information such as credit card info or personal information should always have an SSL certificate. Whenever requesting information from visitors, use SSL to secure the data.

E-commerce sites should always have SSL certificates. If you’re selling anything online, make sure to keep your customers’ information secure and protected. Even if you’re just asking visitors to subscribe to a newsletter, you should still use SSL to make sure email addresses don’t get intercepted.

Personal websites or blogs don’t generally require an SSL certificate. The exception of course would be if you ask your followers to submit information to receive an ebook or something along those lines.

What are the different types of SSL certificates?

Through, we offer three types of certificates:

  • Comodo SSL – for small websites and blogs (one domain)
  • Positive SSL – also best suited for small websites
  • Positive SSL Wildcard – secures primary domains as well as subdomains. Essential for large e-commerce websites.

How do I purchase an SSL certificate?

If you’re a client, you can purchase an SSL certificate in your control panel. Just log in, go to Products, then click SSL Certificates. You can then enter your domain name and choose your plan.

Check out this Knowledgebase article for a step-by-step walkthrough.

As a reseller, can I sell SSL certificates to my clients?

Absolutely! We highly recommend making SSL certificates available to your clients. You can manage the products you offer in your control panel, under Settings. Click on Manage Products and Pricing, then go to the bottom and click SSL Certificate. You can then determine plans and pricing. As always, our support team is available through chat and email 24/7 to help you through the process of adding new products.

Let your clients know the importance of SSL certificates! You can even direct them to this blog post if you need help sending the message of online security.

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