Encrytping traffic, and providing confidence
SSL (Secured Sockets Layer) is the security standard used for encrypting data between a server and a browser. It ensures that data sent to the web server has been securely passed across the Internet without fear that it has been intercepted and read.
If your website is e-commerce based, or requires customers to enter and submit information to your website, then without encryption the sensitive information could be easily accessible to anyone wanting to intercept and exploit this information. By using SSL encryption the data is scrambled and useless to anyone other than our servers.
It is well known that customer confidence in a website can be knocked if security isn't visible when sending sensitive information. Key features such as the padlock showing within the browser can be aided with the use of trust logos that are available to anyone purchasing a certificate. This should provide peace of mind encouraging them to submit data safely.
Even if you're not necessarily requesting data, but instead are storing it, SSL certificates prevent data being intercepted when it is being accessed by authorised users. For example, when logged into our control panels, and you wish to access invoice or payment details you will always be redirected to a secure connection.
For those customers looking for a cheaper SSL solution most of our hosting plans provide you with access to shared SSL. This makes use of a generic domain name (eg https://www.securedweb.co.uk/username). If you direct traffic to this domain followed by your account username, the data received will be encrypted. This is meant as a very basic solution but isn't advisable to be used for professional e-commerce solutions.
|Professional SSL||Extended SSL|
|Designed For||Basic E-Commerce Websites||Maximum Protection and Visibility|
|Encryption Level||High (128 - 256 bit)||High (128 - 256 bit)|
|Validity Period||1 - 5 Years||1 - 2 Years|
|Delivery Time||24 Hours||5 Days|
|Dedicated IP Address Included|
|Mobile Device Support|
|Secures www. and root address|
|Vetting||Domain Checks||Domain Checks
|Activates Browser Padlock|
|Activates Green Browser Bar (compatible browsers)||-||YES|
(Equivalent to £10.58 per month)
(Equivalent to £28.92 per month)
(Equivalent to £8.21 per month)
(Equivalent to £22.79 per month)
(Equivalent to £6.81 per month)
(Equivalent to £6.19 per month)
(Equivalent to £5.78 per month)
Traditionally secure pages are indicated with a https:// prefix and a padlock within the browser address bar.
Extended Verification (EV) SSL certificates provide visitors with greater visibility of the security in place. The address bar shows prominent verification of your company name. Clicking on this shows further confirmation of the company they are interacting with and reassurance that the encryption is legitimate.
There are a lot more checks that go into providing EV SSL certificates, and hence why the cost and lead times are that much greater. However, if you rely on customer confidence when using your website the equivalent monthly costs demonstrate that this may be a price worth paying.
Existing ICUK hosting customers can easily place orders for an SSL certificate online through their control panel. Simply edit the hosting account within your master control panel, click on the SSL Certificate icon where you can choose between the shared and professional SSL solutions.