SSL certificates are important tools for inspiring user trust on your website and keeping details like login information, account numbers, and credit cards secure. But SSL certificates offer varying levels of security, and as your website evolves, your certificate needs may change. If you’re not sure if it is time to upgrade your SSL certificate, these are some good signs to look for.
What kind of SSL certificate should you get for your website?
At Name.com, we believe that every website is worth securing with an SSL certificate—which is why we now offer them for free to anyone who hosts a website with us via our Encryption Everywhere program. But for certain website users, its worthwhile to add additional levels of security to your site via an upgraded SSL certificate.
Have hosting with Name.com? Here’s how to get a free SSL certificate
Ever since we rolled out our Encryption Everywhere program, we’ve been helping new customers secure their websites by including a free SSL certificate with every hosting plan. The good news is that this program has expanded to existing customers as well—so if you are currently hosting an unsecured website with us, encrypt it for free by following these easy steps.
Dispute between Google and Symantec leads to uncertainty over EV SSL certificates
The Google Chrome team recently announced a proposal to immediately stop recognizing Extended Validation status for all Symantec SSL certificates in the Chrome browser, and to eventually require revalidation and replacement for all Symantec-issued certificates.
In the near term, if Google moves forward with it its proposal, websites with Symantec EV SSL certificates will no longer display a green bar that indicates extended validation (in the Chrome browser). The long-term consequences aren’t as certain at this point.
Google change makes SSL certificates more important than ever
Google has introduced a new security measure in the Chrome browser that warns users on HTTP sites that the web page is not secure. As for now, the warning only appears on non-encrypted pages that collect login or payment information, but could eventually be expanded to issue warnings on all HTTP pages.
Free SSL certificates are now available at Name.com
How to choose the right SSL certificate
Knowing how to choose the right SSL certificate for your website can be daunting if you’re never purchased one before. Which features should you look for? Which provider is best? And why are there such big discrepancies in pricing? We’ve put together a brief guide on how certain SSL certificates are authenticated to help you make an informed choice on which certificate is best for your website.
What’s the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?
You may have noticed during your various online escapades that the ever familiar HTTP in front of a domain name occasionally turns into the less familiar HTTPS. Depending on your browser, this may also be accompanied by a color change in the address bar to green, a lock symbol, or other signs that make the URL field look different from what you’re used to. What does it mean? Does it really make a difference?
How to set up a SSL certificate for your website (and why you should)
Think about your last online purchase: Did you just assume that it was safe to enter your credit card information or did you check for that little green padlock in the address bar? That padlock sign (or occasionally just a green address bar) indicates the presence of an SSL certificate, a security measure that ensures that sensitive information entered on that webpage will be safely encrypted.
SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is the protocol that creates these secure connections for web users. It prevents private information from being compromised by eavesdropping, data tampering, or message forgery. It also gives consumers peace of mind as they fill out forms that contain sensitive information.
Millions of businesses use SSL certificates to assure visitors of their website’s security and legitimacy. If you think that your website could benefit from a SSL certificate, you can easily set it up through Name.com.
We understand first hand how unnecessarily complicated and difficult purchasing an SSL Certificate can be. That’s why we’ve revamped our entire SSL Certificate flow—everything from purchasing the certificate to verifying your information and installing it. So, why does this matter and who really needs an SSL Certificate?