SSL Certificate FAQ's
SSL certificates offer essential peace of mind for both website owners and visitors, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates offer world-class data protection providing the trust your customers are looking for and increasing browsing confidence for your visitors.
Website visitors benefit from secure, encrypted browsing straight away.
If you’ve recently browsed on-line, you’ll have no doubt come across warning messages such as ‘NOT SECURE’ on some of the sites you have visited. This is becoming more and more prevalent as the search engines such as Google strive to highlight the websites it deems as unsafe.
In essence, any interaction between visitor and website should be secure in order to protect the data from third party interference. Ensuring the domain name is prefixed https: (Hyper text transfer protocol secure) and having the green padlock device offers this protection and reassures users the website is secure.
The good news for our customers is we can make the changes to your website in two ways:
- Yearly license fee – For existing customers we’ll install an SSL certificate for free and only charge the licence fee of £39.00 per annum.
- Premium Business package – As part of the monthly fee, we’ll include SSL certificate installation and annual licence.
To find out more about how SSLs can affect your business website don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call 01403 801000 or click here to send an email enquiry.
Watch this Barclays Bank video about the benefits of SSL Certificates
Having an SSL certificate shows your visitors you have a trustworthy online presence and enables your visitors to securely use your contact forms, take online payments and store confidential data using your website.
An SSL certificate is a small data file that contains the encryption keys for a website. When a user visits a website, the browser asks that the server identifies itself. When the browser agrees that the server and the website are to be trusted, the browser opens up an encryption session.
We only use 2048 bit encryption, to find out how secure 2048 bit encryption is click here.
Our certificates are provided by Lets Encrypt, one of the most trusted names in the web security industry.
Your website needs to be hosted with us and your nameservers pointed to our hosting. Then simply let us know that you require an SSL certificate installed on your site and we will both install it and secure your content.
We offer 2 hosting Packages, Business Starter and Premium Business. If you are using Business Starter, the annual cost of an SSL Certificate is £39. Clients on our Premium package get their SSL FREE. We add the SSL Certificate to your website, then secure all of your content ensuring the padlock goes green in the address bar.
Installing an SSL Certificate now has the added benefit of helping to improve your position in Google’s search engine results.
Google introduced ‘https:// as a ranking signal’in 2014. While its effect on your ranking was ‘lightweight’ at first, it’s becoming more pronounced.
As from October 2017, Google's Chrome Browser will show a "NOT SECURE" warning when users enter text into a form on an HTTP page.
Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Edge all have introduced their warnings on non HTTPS site, and whilst Google and other lagre search engine won't penalise you, potentially these warnings will scare people away from your site.
Every SSL certificate includes the recognised padlock symbol and the ‘https://’ prefix for URLs.