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THE GREEN PADLOCK OR BAR YOU SEE ON YOUR WEB BROWSER

Hello, it’s been a while since I made a post. I have been busy with client’s requests but today I will explain something that clients find a little bit difficult to get and how it affects one’s website.

Let’s discuss the SSL Certificates today.

What are SSL Certificates?

GlobalSign, one of the industry SSL Certificates vendors defines it as a small data that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. Cryptographic key here refers to a key used to transform data info to cipher form.  SSL Certificates on a website is very evident as shown by the padlock symbol you see or a green bar which displays the website owner’s details (location).

Above is Rainhosts Services Website. As you can see, there is a green padlock symbol there.

The presence of an SSL Certificate dictates encryption of client data on the website including card details and email addresses.  

How does it work?

When you enter a website address, the server sends a copy of the SSL Certificate to the browser to verify if it is a trusted Certificate. Trusted here means from a verified and known company.

NB: Particularly with Google, their browser does not accept self-signed SSL Certificates. I will explain more about this type of certificate at the “where to get one” section.

After verification, if the browser trusts the SSL, it sends a message to the server to start an encrypted connection between the browser and the web server. This then changes bar to green with the padlock to indicate encryption and that whatever information passed between the browser and the server are encrypted.

Source:Entrustdatacard

 

Why you need one

There are a number of reasons why you should have an SSL Certificate on your website. I will explore the common and important reasons.

First reason is that, the SSL Certificate encrypts all data between the server and the browser. This means that hackers and middlemen cannot snoop into the data or even steal information. This is a common issue for many as people interfere with data and use that  for fraudulent activities. Credit card details are one of the most sought out data. So don’t use a card on a website that has no SSL Certificate. The website with no SSL Certificate essentially is inviting hackers to come and still data from them easily.

Next is that Google has made the existence of SSL a requirement for good ranking on their search engines. For some businesses, good ranking is all they need to get more business on. If your business is one of them, get an SSL certificate.

SSL Certificate also provides assurance that you are indeed dealing with the right sever and to a major extent provides trust to your website visitors when they are informed and see the padlock symbol. This can greatly increase conversion for you.

Where to get one

If you need an SSL Certificate, please contact us. All Rainhosts Services customers are entitled to a free 3 months SSL Certificate. You can contact us for yours.

We have partnered with the SSLstore.com to provide high quality encryption to our customers on demand. And our prices start from $5 for our COMODO POSITIVE DOMAIN VALIDATED SSL and the price increases per encryption level.

You can also generate a self-signed SSL certificate  on a cpanel website by visiting SSL/TLS under security in the backend , select “Certificates (CRT)
Generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificates”, locate “generate a self-signed certificate” at the top right corner of your screen, that should move you to the right section of the page. Enter the domain you want the certificate for, fill the rest of the form and click “generate” and viola!! The certificate should be available for installation on the specified domain. Select “return to SSL manager” at the bottom of the page and select “manage SSL sites”(from this point is how to install any SSL certificate despite source). Select Browse certificates and from the list select the one you want and select use certificate. Finally at the bottom of the page, select install certificate.

 

NB: stay alert for another post on the kinds of SSL Certificates and which to get for your website.

Comprehensive How to install

Watch out for our next Blog post for that.

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