SSL Certificate FAQs
Why should I consider SSL certificates for my website?
For any e-commerce site, online customers expect their financial information to be transmitted securely. Many customers will complete the transaction only if they can see that it is secure. Increasingly, Internet users also expect encryption of all confidential information, such as medical records and personal identification information. These expectations mean that on the part of Internet users, the demand for SSL certificates is strong and growing.
The benefits to you are significant. SSL certificates are a high-margin product that’s easy to sell, and once your customer installs it there is seldom any need for maintenance.
What is SSL, and what is an SSL certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is an encryption layer that encodes information that is exchanged between a client and a server, protecting the transmission of sensitive and private data.
An SSL certificate allows you to apply SSL encryption technology to your site, so that information traveling from it is encrypted. SSL certificates are expected by consumers for any site that handles sensitive information like identity information, credit card numbers, or confidential records.
How does an SSL certificate work?
An SSL certificate is a file installed on the web server that a web site is running on. This file is composed of two segments. The first is the public key, which encrypts data. The second is the private key, which decrypts data. When a client, such as a web browser, connects to an SSL secured server a unique session is created using these two keys. All data transmitted during this session is protected, and cannot be decrypted by any party other than that specific client and the server.
Why do I need an SSL certificate for my site?
If your site sends or receives sensitive information, customers expect it to be secured with an SSL certificate. Many will leave your site if they see that it is not secured.
The domain I want to secure is not in my account, can I still buy an SSL Certificate?
Yes you can. The domain you wish to secure doesn’t need to be in your account or even registered with us.
Do you sell chained certificates?
Yes, all of our certificates are chained to a CA (certificate authority).
What is a CA?
CA stands for certificate authority. A CA is the company issuing the SSL certificate.
What is the difference between a domain validation certificate and higher assurance certificates?
Domain Validation certificates authenticate that the purchaser of the cert also owns (or administers) the domain name to which the cert will be applied. This lowest level of authentication also offers the lowest prices and allows you to secure your web site the most rapidly.
Organization Validation certificates receive some scrutiny to confirm the relationship between the domain name, domain owner, and the business for which the certificate will be used.
Extended Validation certificates require the certificate authority (the company issuing the certificate, such as GeoTrust or VeriSign) to perform a more extensive verification of the purchaser’s business and their authority to purchase a certificate on behalf of that company. Once installed, EV certificates turn the browser address bar green to give visitors a visual cue that this is a trustworthy site.