It’s the start of a long hot summer here at BigWetFish and we have some exciting things planned for the next three months. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, Facebook page and our blog for information on some important new service offerings coming soon. Monday 1 September is the date to mark in your diary…..
Today we are proud to announce a new product – Auto Install an SSL Certificate. No longer do you need to pop a helpdesk ticket in to have an SSL Certificate installed on your website. You can order SSLs direct from our website and have our system auto install the certificate for you. Russell in our office has made this handy short video to show you how simple the process is:
The process Step by Step:
- Order and pay for an SSL from our website
- Check your client area (or email) for a Token Code and Token ID
- Log into your cPanel account and under the Security Section click ‘Auto Install SSL’
- Enter the details requested
- Watch the software do its magic
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who needs an SSL Certificate?
Having an SSL Certificate will give your users confidence in your website and now you could have an SSL Certificate installed in minutes. Anyone who needs to securely transmit information over the internet requires the use of SSL. SSL is not just for securing credit card transactions and should be used for protecting all levels of sensitive information when communicated over the web.
Use SSL for:
- Securing online credit card transactions.
- Securing web contact forms and customer logins.
- Securing email and webmail applications
- Securing communications on cloud based platforms and virtualized applications.
- Securing transfers over https and ftp.
- Securing hosting control panels logins including cPanel
- Securing information sent and received via mobile devices.
What is an SSL:
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security protocol used by Web browsers and Web servers to help users protect their data during transfer. SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. In the case of a Web browser, SSL activates the padlock and https and allows secure connections from a Web server to the browser.
SSL is a security protocol that:
- Protects user data during transfer.
- Digitally binds a cryptographic key to organization’s details.
- Secures credit card transactions, data transfers, logon credentials, and more.
- Provides authentication of the business and/or domain.
How do SSL Certificates work?
When a browser encounters a website with SSL:
1. A browser attempts to connect to a Website secured with SSL.
2. The browser requests that the web server identify itself.
3. The server sends the browser a copy of its SSL Certificate.
4. The browser checks whether it trusts the SSL Certificate. If so, it sends a message to the server.
5. The server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgement to start an SSL encrypted session.
6. Encrypted data is shared between the browser and the server.
Do I need an Extended Validation Certificate?
An extended validation certificate is much more expensive and does take a little while to have issues. It also involves some paperwork as you need to validate your company to the issuing authority. In return the certificate issued will include your company name in the Green Address Bar.
For businesses with a high brand, using EV SSL has proven to be an effective defense against phishing scams – think about Paypal when you log into the real Paypal Site the Green Bar shows Paypal’s name in the EV Certificate information.
For any online business, using SSL with EV may have a big impact on your profits and sales. Online shoppers are more likely to enter their credit card and/or other information into a website with the SSL EV green bar.
Websites who benefit the most from EV include:
- E-commerce Websites that collect credit card information.
- Websites that operate in a competitive environment where customer loyalty and brand protection is key.
- Websites collecting personal data.
- Websites with customer or employee login forms.
- Websites using 3rd party payment processing (i.e.PayPal).
We have many clients who start off with an instantly validated (DV = Domain Validated) SSL and then apply for an EV SSL Certificate. Here at BigWetFish if you buy an EV certificate within 14 days of paying for your instantly issued DV certificate we will refund the DV certificate once the EC cert has been issued. Alternatively we offer a free 30 day Rapid SSL Certificate so you could protect your site today using that and then order the EV Certificate.
Presently we offer ONE EV Certificate from our website but very soon we will be offering a significant number of other certificates via the website. If you need to know what our full range of certificates are just open a ticket and a member of our team will gladly assist you.
Note: With the latest versions of cPanel you no longer need a dedicated IP for an SSL to work. Ask us if you want to know the technicalities behind this. It should be noted that without a dedicated IP people using old versions of Internet Explorer and Wndows XP may not be able to use these certificates. If you know you have clients using really old computers we still recommend contacting us for get a dedicated IP so we can install the SSL in the traditional manner.