What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a global standard security technology that enables encrypted communication between a web browser and a web server. It is on a regular basis utilized by millions of online businesses and individuals to decrease the risk of sensitive information (e.g., credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, emails, etc.) from being stolen or tampered with by hackers and identity thieves.
In essence, SSL allows for a private “conversation” just between the two intended parties. This authentication process is much like sealing a letter in an envelope before sending it through the mail. SSL, short for Secure Sockets Layer, is commonly used on e-commerce sites and pages that require users to submit personal or credit card information.
An SSL certificate ensures that the provider is who they claim to be and also indicates secure connections between personal devices and websites. Understanding SSL certificates is important for website trust and to help protect customers from becoming a victim to scammers.
It’s smart to keep in mind that not all websites, or SSL certificates, are created equal. In order to create this secure connection, an SSL certificate also referred to as a “digital certificate” which is installed on a web server that majorly serves two functions:
- It authenticates the identity of the website (this guarantees visitors that they’re not on a bogus site)
- It encrypts the data that’s being transmitted
An SSL certificate also helps in secure information such as:
- Login credentials
- Credit card transactions or bank account information
- Personally, identifiable information — such as full name, address, date of birth, or telephone number
- Proprietary information
- Legal documents and contracts
- Medical records
SSL Certificates are selling like hotcakes nowadays. As more and more websites become secure, the entire online landscape is changing right in front of our eyes.
But, unfortunately, what appears to be a straightforward action can prove surprisingly complex and time-consuming for inexperienced users. No need to panic though, here are the 5 most common SSL mistakes to avoid when buying, installing, and managing your SSL Certificate.
1. Falling for the wrong SSL Certificate for your site
SSL Certificates have different forms and prices. One may defraud you by making you pay little in exchange to secure your website or spend thousands of bucks on a single certificate. The sheer choice can be overwhelming at first, but there’s no need to rush. Go through the entire list of SSL brands and analyze the specs and features of each product. More expensive isn’t always better for your particular project, just like cheap isn’t often good enough. You need to know exactly what type of SSL your website requires.
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2. Server compatibility check is a must
When you feel that you’ve found the ideal SSL Certificate for your site, hold on there’s absolutely no need to buy it immediately. First, make sure you can install it on your website’s server. Every hosting provider has different in-house rules regarding SSL Certificates. This mainly concerns shared hosting plans, so if you’re on a VPS or dedicate server, you shouldn’t face any compatibility issues. Still, it’s always better to contact your hosting company and double-check with them.
3. Prepare for the validation process
The validation process is done via CSR (Certificate Signing Request) available on our site. You won’t be able to obtain your SSL Certificate unless you provide correct and up to date information about your domain/company to the Certificate Authority. If you need to validate your domain name, make sure you submit its exact name, without any typos. To validate an organization, you’ll have to provide additional company documentation. If you accidentally put some wrong information in the CSR, the Certificate Authority may decline your request. Pay close attention to this step, as it’s here users usually make the most common SSL mistakes.
4. Experience matters
If you’ve never installed an SSL before, and don’t have any experience in managing your hosting account, better leave this step to a seasoned developer. Although we offer step by step guides on how to install their products on a specific server, you don’t want to risk messing with your server configuration. A small mistake can lead to a big problem.
5. Ignoring calls for risks
Many users erroneously think that installing the certificate on the server is all it takes to activate the HTTPS and the padlock. However, the reality is different. You still have to go through a couple of important steps and add the finishing touches. Remember to test your installation for errors, and make the necessary SEO adjustments, for a proper HTTPS transition
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