SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and is a set of cryptographic protocols commonly used for encrypting the data being sent between a server and a user visiting a website. While most websites don’t require this advanced security, it is essential for others. The following introduction to SLL and Secure Certificates will help determine whether or not you require this type of security, and show how you can obtain it.
What is Required
In order to use SSL, you will need to acquire a SSL Certificate (AKA a Secure Certificate) and have it installed on your server. If you are an Interserver client, our technical staff can help with this installation. In addition, you’ll need a dedicated IP address. Finally, visitors to your website will need to use a modern web browser that supports SSL. Virtually all browsers today do support it, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
What is it Used For?
This technology is most often used for websites that want the ability to accept credit card payments directly on the website. All credit card companies require any site directly accepting these payments to have this type of advanced security *Note that you can have third party processors like PayPal on your site without the use of SSL. SSL is also a requirement for a website to become PCI compliant, which is important for some specific types of companies.
The other reason some website owners want to use SSL is because they have confidential information stored on their website, which should only be accessed by authorized users. The SSL can help protect usernames and passwords from being compromised, so the data on the website is much safer.
Types of Security Certificates
When looking into adding SSL to your website, you’ll have several different options to choose from. Each type of security certificate is designed for different types of businesses. If you need assistance choosing the right certificate for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our technical support team. The following are the different options to consider:
Getting a Security Certificate
If you decide that your site or company requires a security certificate, the first thing you’ll want to do is reach out to our support team and open a ticket. Explain that you would like to get a security certificate installed on your server. Our technical support team will work with you to ensure your hosting package meets all the requirements, and if it doesn’t, we’ll help you get everything setup the way it needs to be. In many cases, our technical teams can also help you through the process of obtaining a security certificate as well.
Keep in mind; this is an advanced security technology that is not required for most general websites. If you’re not sure whether or not you need one, don’t hesitate to ask. We can discuss your specific situation and help you make the right decision about SSL.