What Are SSL Certificates?
So you have a domain and you have hosting, but do you have an SSL Certificate? What’s are SSL Certificates? It’s widely known that security on the internet is one of people’s biggest concerns these days and precautions need to be taken when it comes to your websites security. One way to protect your website from having information taken is to install a Certificate to help ensure security. SSL Certificates enhance security while collecting anyone’s personal information such as their name, phone number, or email address.
If collecting information is something you may do in the future, Blue Studio62 recommends that you purchase your Certificate at the same time as your domain. SSL Certificatess have expiration dates and purchasing them at the same time as your domain will help make sure that both items get updated at the same time instead of having two different renewal dates and chance missing one.
If you are unsure if your site needs a Certificate, talk to one of our consultants and let us help you make the best decision.
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How Are SSL Certificates Installed?
SSL Certificates have to jump through several steps before SSL Certificates can be installed on the server. First, a certificate signing request (CSR) is filled out and generated. The CSR includes details about what the site is that the SSL Certificate will be uploaded to. This can include a business’ information, the URL, and other basic information.
After the CSR is created, a private key is generated. This private key, along with the CSR, is given to an SSL Certificate provider. It can take up to 24 hours for a certificate provider to return the actual SSL Certificate.
Then, for the final stage of the process, the encrypted private key and certificate are uploaded to the server. Once this is done, all of the URLs of a website need to be transferred to “https” rather than “http”. That’s it! Once a visitor lands on your new “https” URLs, they will now see that a site is secured with an SSL Certificate. Search engine browsers, such as Google and Internet Explorer, show that SSL Certificates are uploaded on to a site’s server in different ways. For instance, Google will show a green lock on the left side of the address bar, whereas Internet Explorer will show a secured lock on the right side of the address bar.
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