Selecting the correct SSL certificate can be confusing with the large choice of SSL certificates available. Our friendly support team are here to answer your questions, however simple or complicated they may be.


What is SSL?

SSL is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer. It is an encryption technology that encrypts the connection between your web server and the visitor's web browser. It therefore allows the transmission of private data without it being tampered with or stolen.

Why do I need SSL?

If you run a website that collects personal or private information, like visitor's address details, login details or credit card details, then you need to secure the transmission of those details with SSL encryption. If you do not use SSL it is possible for all data to be seen by others. Most visitors to your website will not trust it unless you have an SSL certificate.

A certificate authority is a company that issues digital SSL certificates to businesses or individuals after validating them. These include Comodo, GeoTrust, Thawte and Symantec.

A domain validated certificate means the domain name has been verified (usually by email or via DNS). It is classified as a low-medium trust certificate and it is a cost effective way to secure any website. This certificate doesn't validate the company or person that owns the domain name.

All the SSL certificates that are listed on our site are compatible with 99% of all browsers. An SSL certificate must be digitally signed by another certificate that is in the 'trusted store' of all major web browsers. This will mean that the web browser will automatically trust your SSL certificate because it knows about and trusts the CA that issued it.


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