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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.

Did You Know … simplewebhosting.co.uk sells SSL certificates?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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.

Regardless of how secure you make your hosting environment, any sensitive information traveling over the web can be intercepted – unless you have a digital certificate.

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. Find out more about our SSL certificates.

This educational video from Common Craft, LLC and VeriSign explains the broad strokes of web site security in a way that anyone can understand.

SSL in Plain English

We’ve gone green!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

No, we’re not making an environmental statement – we’re talking about the security of your data!

simplewebhosting.co.uk now uses an extended validation SSL certificates.

View this blog article securely to see our extended validation
SSL certificate in action.

Today, many consumers don’t trust website safety enough to complete an e-commerce transaction. The frequency of malicious web schemes such as phishing and pharming creates an environment of fear and reticence.

It was recently reported that over 40% of online adults had received phishing e-mails, 46% changed their purchasing and online behaviour as a direct result of security concerns and 10% reduced their online spending by at least 50%. As a result nearly £2 Billion in e-commerce sales were lost due to user concern over security.

Online commerce may still be growing but there are a significant number of people opting out or reducing their spending due to security concerns. If you are a web business that depends on consumers trusting you enough to
share their financial, personal or other sensitive data this is an alarming trend.

To combat this problem, leading web browser developers and SSL Certification Authorities (CAs) joined forces to create a new standard for web site identity authentication – the new Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate.

This new standard is the most significant advancement for the World Wide Web’s secure backbone since SSL Certificates were first introduced over a decade ago.

EV contains a number of user interface enhancements aimed at making the identification of an authenticated site immediately noticeable to the end user. The most obvious interface enhancement is the green address bar effect; when a consumer visits an EV authenticated site the address bar turns a highly visible green colour. This conspicuous colour change immediately notifies the end user that this website passed a rigorous authentication process. Green is also a highly effectual colour – to most people green means go, it is safe to move forward.

extended validation SSL certificate

As well as the green address bar effect, a security status bar appears to the right of the address bar. This field, also green, displays the name of the organisation responsible for the website and toggles to identify the CA that authenticated the website. In the image above, our company name (Xperience Web Hosting Ltd) displays in the security status bar field and automatically toggles to the name of the CA (in our case thawte). The EV SSL Certificate provides the source for the names in these fields, confirming that the CA has verified this information. Therefore the end user can depend on it being accurate. This interface convention makes it easier for customers to notice the name of the CA. This new higher visibility to customers should motivate web sites to obtain their certificates from only the most reputable CAs. If a customer is not familiar with the CA, they most likely won’t trust the web site being certified.

These interface enhancements, difficult to counterfeit by phishers and pharmers, create a new level of protection for web site visitors. If a spoof site buys a traditional SSL Certificate it would not display the highly trusted green address bar and even if they bought an EV SSL Certificate viagra online prescription to gain the green address bar, it still would not be able to display the name of the organisation they were attempting to spoof in the security status bar.

Find out more about our range of SSL certificates.

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?

Visit viagra on line prescription www.phish-no-phish.com and let us know how you got on!

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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