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It's emperitive these days that you website is secure, the best way to do this is to have a SSL certificate which allows you to use https encrypting your data to and from the website.

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SSL and Superia

Whether you have a free website or a paid plan your site will always be secured using a free SSL certificate. Our basic SSL certificate is a shared certificate provided by Clourflare and is adequate for most website setups, however if you need a larger warranty or green bar company SSL then you can always purchase one of our extended SSL certificates.

Free
£0.00
  • HTTPS
  • Free always
Instant SSL
£69.00 / year
  • Comodo
  • HTTPS
  • 1 Domain
  • www.site.com + site.com
  • Organization validation
  • High assurance
EV SSL
£159 / year
  • Comodo
  • HTTPS
  • 1 Domain
  • www.site.com + site.com
  • EV (green bar)
  • Very high assurance
 

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and once this is applied to your website it allows your site to use HTTPS, this means that once active any information sent to or from the server where you website resides, as well as any information entered by the visitor will be encrypted.

When a SSL is in use it works by sending a small file that digitally binds a cryptographic key to the data being sent, this will include things like the domain name or organisation name as well as a public key which is used to encrypt the data, then the server has a private key which it uses to decrypt the data.

If you are not sure whether your site has a SSL certificate or not then one way to find out is to look at the URL, if the beginning of the URL is https:// then you are successfully using a SSL certificate. You can also look to see if the browser is displaying a padlock symbol which will also depict whether the site is secure or not. If it's not secure then browsers such as Google Chrome will display a message saying 'Not Secure'.

 
 

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure and is the secure protocol through which your website and browser communicate with one another.

When using HTTP any data transfered is sent as plain text and so it can be obtained, or worse still manipulated, by attackers. But once you have an SSL certificate you are able to use HTTPS and all data will therfore be encrypted and authenticated meaning it can't be accessed while being transferred.

In the past only websites that dealt with passwords or online payments would need HTTPS, but now all sites are moving towards HTTPS, and even Google now give priority to secure ebsites over non-secure ones, so it pays to use HTTPS.

 

Issues when using HTTPS

There aren't really any downsides in using HTTPS, however some older browsers don't support HTTPS and won't be able to display your site if you implement it. Most of these browsers are now obselete and the chances of people using them are pretty remote, but if anybody does get any issues then you should recommend that they upgrade their browser, not only so they can see your website, but also so they will be more secure as a whole when browsing the internet.

 

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