SSL Certificates

Safety First, Always.

If your website handles sensitive or private information (such as customer contact details), or you just want to add an extra layer of security to protect from hackers, you can have an SSL certificate installed for your domain name. This allows for website activity to be encrypted so that nobody can 'listen in' to data transferred to and from your website.

 

With an SSL certificate installed, you can access your site over https - and the user's browser displays a padlock icon to indicate that the data cannot be intercepted. Running over SSL does make your website a little slower though, as the data has to be encrypted and decrypted at each end.

 

We are able to supply you with a low-cost SSL certificates from GeoTrust (recognised by virtually all browsers), and install it on your hosting account with us. If you have a hosting account with another company, you can also purchase an SSL certificate from us (providing you can supply a 'Certificate Signing Request', and are able to receive e-mail to the domain in question).



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a SSL certificate?

 

The SSL (secure socket layer) protocol is the web standard for encrypting communications between users and web sites. Data sent via an SSL connection is protected by encryption, a mechanism that prevents eavesdropping and tampering with any transmitted data. SSL provides businesses and consumers with the confidence that private data sent to a web site, such as credit card numbers, are kept confidential. Web server certificates are required to initialize an SSL session.


Why do I need a separate IP address per domain that I want to secure?

 

The reason for needing a separate IP address per domain you want to secure is that the SSL protocol is bound to static IP addresses, while a certificate is bound only to a domain name. Therefore, any certificate-enabled web site must have its own unique IP address. The IP can be real (routable) or internal (RFC 1918 non-routable address), but it must be unique on a server.

 

Dedicated IP addresses are available for $3.00 per month & can be added to your cart at checkout.

 

How does a server certificate work?

 

The end-user's browser requests a secure channel (via "https:") from the server, and then - if the server has a cert - the browser and the server negotiate their highest common encryption strength (e.g., 256-bits) and exchange the corresponding encryption keys (this exchange is normally done using 2048-bit encryption strength). The 256-bit encryption key is then used for this particular instance of SSL, for all from-to exchanges between the browser and the server. The next https session will have a new session key.

The SSL certificate guarantees the security of the connection between the browser and the server. Once data is in the server, it is up to the server admin to make sure the data remains protected.

 

What web browser programs are compatible with our SSL Certificates?

 

QuickSSL is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 and higher, Netscape/AOL web browsers version 4.51 and higher, and Opera 7, comprising an estimated 98% or more of all web browsers in use today. All other commonly used browsers may connect securely with web servers using QuickSSL certificates. However, some older browsers may display a dialogue box indicating that the certificate is not trusted. This means that the certificate is not located in the browser certificate store, and, in most cases, the user will be prompted to install it with a few clicks of their mouse.


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