Security Certificate

It is a fact: your Website needs the extra protection of a SSL Security Certificates. SSL encrypt data transmitted to and from your website (including login data), making your site safer for you and your users. But with literary thousands of providers and overwhelming levels to choose from, finding the right Security Certificate for your website might feel like a daunting task
In this article, we will look at the different SSL Security Certificates. What SSLs can do for you, how to choose the right one for your website, and how to steer clear of unworthy options

SSL Security Certificates

This is a security feature that you install to your Website. SSL certificates change the beginning of a URL or website address from “HTTP” to “HTTPS” and some times will add a padlock icon or green bar to the address bar in a browser. Having an Security Certificate is the best way to protect your website visitors and make sure all of their valuable data is protected. SSL cert's encrypt all data transmitted to and from a website, preventing attacks where someone could hijack the data before it reaches its destination. Such data may include credit card information, emails and addresses, passwords, private messages, or other sensitive data

Why you need a Security Certificate

SSL certs will build trust
A Security Certificate shows that you are taking the proper steps to protect their transactions and privacy. And in turn, that trust can lead to higher sales and signups

SSL certs will make your website faster
The boost in Loading Times can be quite noticeable due to the HTTP/2 protocol, which reduces latency and speeds up the time it takes a page to load

SSL certs will make Google happy
The major search engines encourages SSL certificates by giving protected sites a bit of a boost in search ranking

For all non Secure websites
And include an HTML form element (including a login, contact form, or even a search box), Google has started flagging them as “Not Secure”. You do not want to frighten potential customers away


Choosing the Best SSL Website

There are several different kinds of SSL certificates

DV – Domain Validation
The most common SSL certificate is a DV certificate. You can often find these for free on hosting platforms as well as from cPanel and other providers

OV – Organization Validation
For small businesses, organizations, and educational institutions, with or without E-commerce

EV – Extended Validation
For large businesses, agencies, and any sites with e-commerce or high-risk data

While the level of encryption on an OV or EV certificate is the same as a DV certificate, they differ in how they validate the certificate holder’s identity. For OV and EV SSLs, the Certificate Authorities that issue them verify that the person requesting the certificate is associated with the business in question, helping to cut down on fraud and phishing. EVs require the highest level of validation

If you need more information as well as the difference between Single Domain Certificate, Wildcard Certificate, Multiple Domain Certificates, Green Bar EV SSL certificates, check out our article that explains What Is SSL or HTTPS, SSL Certificates General Knowledge Base As well as our SSL F.A.Q.s Frequently Asked Questions

Free SSLs

All SSLs encrypt website data in the same way, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely interchangeable. Free SSLs can be great for a website that just wants an HTTPS URL. But they can cause a lot of trouble down the road. Here are some of the pitfalls of free SSLs:
Many are short-term (e.g. 30, 60, 90 days) you might need to renew them frequently or purchase a pricey option at the end of the “trial period.”
Some do not come with a warranty that protects customers against a validation breach
They can be very hard to install, requiring advanced knowledge and Server skills
Some require shell or SSH access (Telnet) and cannot be installed via cPanel or similar user friendly control panels
Most will not have support to help you with the installation and authentication process
Most only provide the Domain Validation (DV) option
Some use shared certificates. With these one certificate is used by multiple websites and none of the users actually owns the certificate and thus cannot be completely confident in its security

Something else you need to watch out for with free SSLs is a "Self Signed Certificate" that are not issued by a Certificate Authority. Self signed SSL certificates provide no validation and are signed by the issuer’s own private key rather than an independent authority

When choosing your SSL provider, there are several things to look for:

Who is the Certificate Authority the company uses for their certificates?
What kind of support and documentation does the company provide?
Does the provider make SSL management easy and straightforward?
Does the company provide information about each certificate to help you make the right decision for your website?

We would love it if you would consider RSH Web Services for all your Domains, Hosting and SSL Certs
And for all our Hosting customers, free SSL Security Certificate

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Jeroen R
Thank you for writing a clear article. Extremely helpful for new users

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