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The Importance of SSL

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, encryption is the most commonly used method of encrypting web pages. It ensures that any personal data or often payment details entered into a website is safe from being accessed by unauthorised parties. Thus, it is very useful for any website that sells products to people through an online payment system (see our article on ecommerce) to have SSL encryption.

Websites that are encrypted using SSL can be identified in several ways. Firstly, the prefix of their web address is usually “https://”, signifying that they operate over a secure server. Also, the website can be identified as secure by the fact that there is a padlock symbol in your browser’s status bar. If neither of these signs is present, then the website is insecure and it is not advisable to put sensitive personal information into that website as it may be possible that an unauthorised third party could obtain access to the data.

Protecting your website using SSL encryption is definitely a practice that we recommend to all webmasters who regularly ask their visitors to input sensitive information. Of course, the most obvious benefit to you as a webmaster is that it ensures that all of the data that your customers enter is safe, secure and inaccessible to anyone other than those who are authorised to have access to it.

Encrypting your webpages in this way ensures that you, as a webmaster, have peace of mind and know that the data provided by your customers is secure and protected against unauthorised access.

As well as the peace of mind for you, the fact that there are visible signs of how secure your website is means that customers will feel more comfortable. If they can visibly tell that your website has a layer of security protecting it, then they will be far more likely to input their details and thus they will be more likely to buy products from you online.

This in turn means that you will earn more money and sell more products, which is exactly what any online business wants. SSL encryption for your website will definitely pay for itself after a very short time indeed, making it a worthwhile investment for the security-minded webmaster.

Reputation is another aspect of your web presence than can be improved by adding SSL encryption. If your website asks people to enter payment details, then it cannot be reputable unless it is secure. A website that is clearly secure will instantly have a better reputation than one which appears to be  wide open for cybercriminals.

So to conclude, in this security conscience online age, SSL encryption is something that is definitely worth the investment for your website. Without the padlock symbol, potential customers will not have enough confidence to input their sensitive personal information into your website and thus they cannot purchase any of your products. However, the addition of encryption quickly puts their minds at rest and soon your SSL encrypted website will have the customers flying in.

Phish or No Phish?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

What does a phishing website look like? Usually, just the real thing. With the help of our friends at VeriSign, can you spot the difference between a real website and a fraudulent one?

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Announcing New SSL Certificate Brands and Types

Friday, May 8th, 2009

simplewebhosting.co.uk is pleased to offer a full range of SSL Certificates from the three leading SSL brands in the world – GeoTrust, thawte and VeriSign.

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GeoTrust
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VeriSign

Our SSL certificates allow you to conduct business online – safer and faster. An SSL certificate is represented by the ‘lock’ symbol appearing in the corner of your browser. It contains your name, a serial number, expiration dates, a key for encrypting and decrypting information and the digital signature of the issuing authority that customers can use to verify that the certificate is real.

Our product range includes basic domain-authenticated certificates to extended validation (green bar) and code signing certificates and all SSL certificates purchased from simplewebhosting.co.uk for installation on our servers include a FREE dedicated IP address and FREE installation and support.

View our full collection of SSL certificates.

SSL certificate glossary

Friday, October 10th, 2008
simplewebhosting.co.uk makes purchasing your ssl certificates simple. Here’s a little glossary to help you understand more about ssl.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the process of scrambling a message so that only the intended audience has access to the information. As more people share confidential data and applications using the Internet they have come to rely on commercially available Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.

When an SSL handshake occurs between a client and server, a level of encryption is determined by the Web server, the client browser, the client operating system, and the SSL Certificate. Low-level encryption, 40 or 56 bits, is acceptable for sites with low-value information. High-level encryption, at 128 bits, can calculate 288 times as many combinations as 40-bit encryption. That’s over a trillion times a trillion times stronger.

What is e-commerce security?
E-commerce is a commercial transaction between buyer and seller that occurs online instead of in person or over the phone. The customer uses a credit/debit card to pay for goods or services on a website. Secure electronic payments are spreading beyond the Internet to mobile handsets and television set-top boxes. Look for m-commerce and t-commerce next.

E-commerce also refers to electronic payment processing. Instead of going to the bank with deposits and checks or connecting over dial-up telephone lines to authorize credit cards, merchants use the Internet to connect to financial networks for payment.

What is https?
Web pages beginning with ‘https’ instead of ‘http’ enable secure information transmission via the protocol for secure http. Securing networks and applications is essential to secure online transactions. https is one measure of security to look for when sending or sharing confidential information such as credit card numbers, private data records, or business partner data.
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