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SSL Certificates and Website Security

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The Internet is an amazing virtual world. It is where the playing field for making money is leveled so that everyone who wants to promote something can do so. Whether you are an individual or a large company, you can be financially successful if you do things right. Along with this great opportunity however, comes a responsibility to protect those who choose to do business with you by making certain that your website security is solid. Most people who seek to find financial success online do NOT realize is that it is required by law to provide website security that protects sensitive information that customers or users give you through your website.  In short, it’s your job to protect all the information that you collect from individuals who do business with you online. This is done through the use of a Secure Socket Layer or “SSL certificate” which is essential for website security.

website security - sslAn SSL certificate keeps you and your customers safe by protecting the information that’s flowing to and from your website. It encrypts names, addresses, passwords, account and credit card numbers and more so hackers and other online criminals can’t read them. This part of website security (an SSL certificate) serves as an electronic “passport”of sorts. It establishes the website’s authenticity and credibility, and enables the browser and Web server to build a secure, encrypted connection between your website and your customers. Some of the things that our SSL certificates provide you include:

• Providing the Certificate holder’s name (individual or company),
• providing the Certificate’s serial number and expiration date,
• provides a copy of the Certificate holder’s “public” cryptographic key,
• provides a digital signature of the Certificate-issuing authority, and
• when you use an Extended SSL Certificates, it gives the site visitor an additional visual cue, displaying the Certificate holder’s name against a distinctive green background for visitors to see.

Once a visitor is on an SSL-protected page, the following visual indicators appear to show them that your site is secure and to give them the confidence to proceed:

• A “padlock” icon in the browser’s status bar,
• the https:// prefix in the URL (your website address),
• the URL address bar turns to green (Extended Validation Certificates only), and
• the Trusted “Verified and Secure” site seal.

website-ID-theft-security-threatsSo that your website remains secure and your customers can feel safe in making purchases from your website, there are several other benefits to having an SSL certificate active on your website. All SSL Certificates include a free website Malware Scanner to ensure your site hasn’t been infected with malicious links that spread viruses, Trojans, spyware and worms.

Hackers target legitimate business sites since they know your customers trust your site. Malware links can put your site in jeopardy of being blacklisted by Google® so your site won’t show up in Google when visitors are searching for you. If a malicious link is found by our Malware Scanner, we’ll notify you and provide instruction on how to remove it.

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