As a full service digital agency, we aim to provide advice on all aspects of web design and development. When designing and building websites, it’s important to understand that there is more to a website than simply looking good. As well as the look and functionality of your website, you must also consider the security elements of the site, which includes applying an SSL certificate.

In a sentence, by applying an SSL certificate to your website it becomes encrypted so hackers can’t intercept any of the sensitive, private data being submitted by customers to you via your website or app.

SSL Explained

The term SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology to allow the creation of an encrypted link between a web browser and a web server. The link is established to safeguard that all data transferred between web server and browsers remains private. SSL is a web related, industry standard adopted by millions of businesses in the protection of their online transactions with customers.

Enabling an SSL Certificate

To enable an SSL connection a web server must have an SSL Certificate. When you decide to apply an SSL on your web server you are required to answer a number of questions about your website and your organisation. The web server then creates two keys – a Public Key and a Private Key.

The Public Key is located into a CSR – Certificate Signing Request – a file also containing your details. The CSR is then submitted. During the SSL Certificate application process, details are validated allowing you to use SSL. Your web server will reference your issued SSL Certificate to your Private Key. The appropriate web server will then establish an encrypted link between the website and your website visitors’ web browser.

The detail behind SSL protocol is invisible to your customers, however, browsers inform them with a key indicator to let them know they are protected by an SSL encrypted session – in the form of a padlock icon. When the lock icon is selected it displays your SSL Certificate and details about it.

Each SSL Certificate will contain the domain name, company name, address, city, and country. The expiry date of the Certificate will also be shown, and details of the Authority responsible for the issue of the Certificate.

There are a selection of different types of SSL Certificates available, depending on the complexity of your site. Should you wish guidance on how to execute the process successfully, your web provider should be able to do this for you.

If you need to get Secure give one of the Cinch Ideas team a call and we can help on 0141 404 5275 or view our website

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