What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificates - General Information
A SSL Certificate (SSL is short for Secure Sockets Layer) provides for the ability for your site/application traffic to be processed in a secure, encrypted format. Most e-commerce sites and sites dealing with personal data have utilized SSL Certificates for quite some time, ensuring secure processing of customer data.
Why do I need an SSL Certificate?
Google has started rewarding sites with SSL over those without with all else being equal. Later this year, with Chrome, Google will be giving a warning to visitors of sites not using SSL Certificates.
- To Prevent Your Customers’ Sensitive Data Such As Credit Card Numbers And Passwords From Being Intercepted By A Third Party.
- To Help Visitors To Identify Your Website As Legitimate And Increase Visitor Trust.
- Make Potential Customers Feel Safe And Confident To Perform Online Transactions Or Do Business With You.
How to Choose
The Correct SSL Certificate
In most general cases, the less expensive RapidSSL will work fine. However, for busy e-commerce sites, your customers will be more assured by an EV (Extended Validation) certificate. Anybody can get a regular certificate, but for an EV certificate, a vetting process is done to ensure the identity of the company getting the certificate. This allows for the Green Bar that customers look for.
There are also times when you may need to secure multiple sub domains on a site like www., mail., anything., etc. This is when you would want to utilize a WildCard certificate.
SSL Certificates with EV
What does Extended Validation Mean?
An Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate means that the certificate authority has done a multi-step verification process on the party requesting the certificate to verify their identity. This allows the SSL Authority to issue an EV certificate with higher assurance. SSL Certificates that have undergone the Extended Validation are indicated in your visitor's browser by a green address bar.
Though normally more expensive, SSL certificates with EV ensure your visitors that they can be confident about their security when performing online transactions. SSL certificates with EV are highly recommended for companies with a high number of eCommerce transactions or where visitors' sensitive data must be adequately secured.
Popular SSL Certificate Options
Hostek can provide you with your choice of certificates from a wide array of certificate vendors. Below we have the certificates grouped by type as well as by Vendor.
SSL Certificates Most Preferred by Customers
The Industry's Leading Certificate Authority
True Business ID w/ EVGreen Bar EV
- 1 Domain Included
- www.site.com and site.com
- Extended Validation
- 256-Bit Encryption
- 2048-Bit Root
- High Assurance
- Secured Seal Trustmark
RapidSSL WildcardMultiple Subdomains (1 server) DV
- 1 Domain / multi sub domains included
- Domain Validation
- 256-Bit Encryption
- $10,000 warranty
- Trusted Site Seal
Multi-Server Wildcard SSL
Secure Multiple Domains Across Servers
To secure one or more domains across multiple servers, you will need a multi-server wildcard SSL certificate. While we do not currently have an SSL product offering to fit this need, we instead recommend the WildCard Plus Certificate from DigiCert. This same type of certificate is used to secure a number of Hostek domains. Hostek is not affiliated with DigiCert.