Secure Sockets Layer or SSL security technology establishes an encrypted link between a server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. After the secure connection is made, the session key is used to encrypt all transmitted data. The browser connects to a web server (your website) secured with SSL technology, and the web server (your website) sends a copy of its SSL Certificate, including the server’s public key.
If you are running an online business where customers select products via a shopping cart and pay by credit card utilising an online payment processing gateway installed on your website, an SSL Certificate will ensure your customers that their credit card information is secure.
An SSL certification converts into greater customer trust, better Google rankings and improved security for your system.
Know what is available to you:
With cyber-crime increasing daily, it’s vital to be aware of what types of SSL certificates are available and which will suit your requirements. SSL certificates secure credit card transactions, data transfers, logins, social media sites and browsing.
Ask yourself these three questions before you make any decisions:
- How many domains do I need to secure?
- What type of website do I need to secure?
- How important is customer trust in my business?
That done, you must set your budget because SSL certificates range in price depending on the level of trust and protection they provide. Never compromise on the cost to cover what you really do need because the consequences could greatly outweigh what you might save in the short term.
Once you have a good idea of what you are looking for, consider these factors as well:
- Validation type
- Issue time
- Domains included
- Server licensing
- Installation checker
- Supported browsers
- Compatibility with mobile
- Support for scan
- Site seal
- Trust level
With pricing starting as low as R299 for basic security, and options ranging to maximum protection and trust levels, contact Cloud.co.za today to find the perfect SSL certificate options that meet your requirements.