Website Security

Protect your visitors and their data with an SSL Certificate
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How it Works

An SSL creates a secure tunnel through which information including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and more can pass safely.

First, the SSL "handshake"

When a website visitor enters an SSL-protected area of your website, your SSL certificate automatically creates an encrypted connection with the visitor’s browser.

The padlock icon appears

Once the connection is complete, a padlock icon and HTTPS prefix appear in the visitor’s browser bar to show them they’re safe to share personal details.  If you have a high-assurance EV Certificate, your visitor’s status bar will also turn green.

You're good to go

All information passing to and from your website is now scrambled by 2048-bit encryption that’s virtually unbreakable by hackers.

Want customers to come back? Protect them.

Frequently Asked Questions


SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) enhances a web site’s security by providing two important features: encryption and authentication.

  • Encryption means that the data sent between your web site and users is unreadable by others. When a user accesses your site using an SSL connnection (URLs that begin with https://), the web server and web browser exchange encrypted information. Contrast this with unencrypted web transactions, which are transmitted as plaintext and subject to eavesdropping.
  • Authentication means visitors can trust that you actually are who you claim to be. When users access your site using an SSL connection, they can be confident that they are seeing your site, and not an impostor’s. Whereas encryption helps protect data, authentication helps prove your identity to others.

When users visit an SSL-enabled site, most web browsers display a lock icon (usually in the address bar). To enable SSL for your own web site, you must obtain and install a certificate.

Do SSL certificates work in all web browsers?
SSL Certificates are compatible with 99.9% of all browsers, including all major web browsers.
If your web site handles personal data or any kind of payment-related information, you need an SSL certificate. Additionally, if your web site contains login forms where users log in with a username and password, you should protect their information with SSL. This helps prevent malicious actors from eavesdropping and stealing login credentials.
Can I upgrade my SSL Certificate?
Once you purchase a certificate, we can’t upgrade it. However, if you need a more secure certificate immediately, you can purchase it and install it on the same web server as the old certificate. If you don’t need the more secure certificate immediately, you can wait until your current certificate expires and install a more secure one at that time.
Do I need technical expertise to set up an SSL certificate on my web site?

Installing a certificate is not difficult, but it does involve a process that’s specific to each individual web server. Certification Authorities publish instructions for generating the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) and installing the certificate.  If you need help submit a support ticket and we can discuss your options which include our SSL Install Service for $24.99.

What is a CSR?
CSR stands Certificate Signing Request. A CSR is a special key generated by a web server using that server’s unique private key. The CSR is sent to the certificate issuer, which generates the final certificate.

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