What is a Private SSL?
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol has become the universal standard on the Web for authenticating sites and for encrypting communications between users and Web servers. Because SSL is built into all major browsers and Web servers, simply installing a digital certificate or Server ID enables SSL capabilities.
SSL authentication allows users to confirm a Web sites identity. SSL-enabled client software, such as a Web browser, can automatically check that a site's certificate and public ID are valid and have been issued by a certificate authority (CA) listed in the client software's list of trusted CAs. SSL server authentication is vital for secure e-commerce transactions in which users, for example, are sending credit card numbers over the Web and first want to verify the receiving server's identity.
An encrypted SSL connection requires all information sent between a client and a server to be encrypted by the sending software and decrypted by the receiving software, protecting private information from interception over the Internet. In addition, all data sent over an encrypted SSL connection is protected with a mechanism for detecting tampering — that is, for automatically determining whether the data has been altered in transit. This means that users can confidently send private data, such as credit card numbers, to a website, trusting that SSL keeps it private and confidential.
The difference between SSLs:
Private SSL's (https://yourdomainname.com) IDs enable visitors to verify your site's authenticity and to communicate with it securely via state-of-the-art SSL encryption, which protects confidential information from interception and hacking. SSLs come in varying strengths, 40-bit, 128-bit, 256-bit, etc and this refers to the length of the "session key" generated by every encrypted transaction. The longer the key, the more difficult it is to break the encryption code. Microsoft and Netscape both offer browsers that enable different levels of encryption depending on the type of Server ID with which the browser is communicating.
Shared SSL's are generally offered by web hosting firms and the same SSL is shared by up to 500 or more domains. The certificate is cheaper than a Private SSL however it cannot be used to identify the domain and is often a long url like: https://secure.yourwebhostingfirmsname.com/~username
The only SSL we offer is our Private SSL certificate and provides you with the best choice for conducting secure commerce over the Internet with a minimum 256-bit SSL encryption that's fully compatible with the leading web browsers from Microsoft and Netscape/AOL.This also enables your web site to activate the browser's "LOCK" icon, indicating data will be protected from interception or tampering using secure sockets layer (SSL) encrypting technology. Our SSL assures your on-line visitors of safety and security for sending personal details and sensitive credit card account numbers and other confidential information over the Internet. (Where the lock appears in your browser depends on the browser software you use, e.g. InternetExplorer is usually at the top near the address bar as it is also with
Mozilla) - browsers may differs as to how they display the Security however
the 's' in the address https shows the site is using SSL
Our SSL web server certificates are only hosted on a Private IP address which is separate from any other IP address used on the internet, they are safe and secure and are only issued to authorized recipients.
To order your SSL and Dedicated IP address at $219.90 for 12 months either select it as an addon on your initial order form or if you already have a package simply click here to order and request it be added to your package and our team we will organise it for you.
Do You Need An SSL?
The simple answer is, if you want to provide maximum
assurance to your clients that their information is safe - then probably yes.
If you are using your own Merchant Account to process
credit card transactions then your financial institution will probably demand
you have SSL - please contact them direct for their individual requirements.
If you are using a 3rd party processor to process credit
card transactions then it is likely that they will have SSL on their site and
you do not need it however as mentioned above, if your goal is to ensure your
site visitors receive maximum protection and you wish to assure them you look
after their information in the strictest of confidence then an SSL protected
site provides that guarantee and can
be arranged by clicking here or copy and paste the following link into your
browser address bar:
(Note: We use SSL on all our transaction links.)