SSL Certificates

With the standard SSL hosting account, you will share our SSL Certificate. With the SSL+ hosting account, you are purchasing your own, dedicated Certificate, via one of the recognised Certificate Authorities (CA) with whom we deal.

With a SSL Web Server Certificate on your website, any information sent to your web server is encrypted or scrambled, making it impossible to intercept or steal. It also displays the identity of the website owner, and the name of the independent authority who verified that identity. The Web Server Certificate connects at 128 bit, 56 bit or 40 bit depending on the client's browser capability.

A SSL Web Server Certificate enables your customers to view the following information :-

  • The domain for which the certificate was issued. This allows them to check that the SSL Web Server Certificate was issued for your domain (URL).
  • The owner of the certificate. This acts as further reassurance, since customers are able to see whom they are doing business with.
  • The physical location of the owner. Once again this reassures customers that they are dealing with an actual entity.
  • The validity dates of the certificate. This is extremely important, since it shows users that your SSL Web Server Certificate is current.

Many online transactions fail at the last minute when consumers consider the potential risks of entering their credit card and other personal information, or when it is not clear whether it is safe to download code from your site.

It's all about trust. By utilising an SSL Web Server Certificate you are sending a clear signal to your customers. They know that the information they submit will not be intercepted while in transit, and that you are a verified, real-world organisation.



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