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First, lets start with the explanation of what SSL actually is.
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. Imagine it like a secret, private tunnel between a websites visitor and the website itself.
Anything the visitor sends to the website (for example usernames, passwords or credit card information) is first scrambled and then sent to the website.
This makes it almost impossible for a hacker to intercept that information.
So, now that you know what SSL is we can move on to explain the SSL certificates.
As stated above, the data between the visitor and website is scrambled. However, the website now needs to un-scramble the data.
(it needs to know what you just sent over like your credit card number for example right?)
That is where the SSL certificates comes in. The website has a secret (private) SSL key that nobody else can read. Imagine it like a unique puzzle piece. The public SSL certificate is like a matching puzzle piece for that key. So, when you scramble the information with the SSL certificate, only the private key on the server can un-scramble the information.
So, in short, the SSL certificate is used to hide any information sent to the website and the private key on the website is the only way to “unhide” the information.
A basic SSL certificate is included for Free with ANY of our Hosting plans. (Yes, even the $1 Hosting Plan)
It will work well for most basic websites and ensures that your website is marked as Secure on Google Chrome.
It does NOT however include any Warranty or Trust Logo like some of the paid certificates.
Your visitor comes to your website.
Now, imagine a secret tunnel through which the information travels from your visitor to your website.
The traffic between your website and the visitor is invisible to attackers.
As you can see below, most SSL certificates only differ in the amount of warranty they provide.
The EV SSL certificate (EV stands for extended validation) will enable a green address bar in Internet Explorer or your company name in green in the address bar in Chrome.
The Wildcard SSL certificate protects ANYTHING under your domain name. Normally an SSL certificate only protects www.example.com and example.com. The wildcard SSL certificate protects any hostname, so for example store.example.com or my.example.com and of course also www.example.com.
So, by default our system will install a FREE SSL certificate on your website (and webmail) automatically within 24 hours of your account being created. You can also manually request it via the SSL certificate Status icon from inside your control panel.
Alternatively if you are bring an SSL certificate with you, the easiest way is to simply contact us and we will install it for you.
The same is true if you purchase a higher quality certificate.
If the SSL provider fails to properly validate the information contained in a digital certificate, and that failure causes the end-user to lose money in connection with a fraudulent online credit card transaction, then the end-user may have a claim to recovery under the SSL certificate warranty.
A Trust Logo or Site Seal is a small image you add to your website to show your customers that your site is secure or verified by a 3rd party.
I will offer your website visitors a way to verify that you are a real company and their information is safe with you.
Studies show that it increases the rate of sales for commercial websites.
Here is a sample of such a trust logo: