Its a Jungle Out There, Only The Fittest Would Survive

Its a Jungle Out There, Only The Fittest Would Survive

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Safe survival over the rapidly expanding online world has become a challenge. With the increasing number of population trying to make their existence over the web, offers a larger play-ground for fraudsters and hackers. And if you have a site that sells products/services and accepts customer information, then there are chances of you getting preyed by the beasts online.

An SSL Certificate can be a solution to this problem. It keeps the interactions between your site and a user safe from fraudsters. The information getting transmitted through secure encrypted channel hence making the users comfortable with giving away the crucial information to you. Having an SSL installed onto your domain helps in gaining trust of the users and offers an assurance that the information would be safe and away from being compromised.

The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) (and Transport Layer Security (TLS)) are used extensively these days. It enables the establishment of a secure channel between the users browser and the server. An SSL is a protocol, which after installation does not need any manual intervention, it does its task well by offering a secure session. A visitor can instantly recognise its existence by looking at certain pointers example, a padlock on a browser, a green bar or  sometimes even both.

Where to use an SSL Certificate ?

Users may secure various pages with an SSL Cert.

  • Web forms can be brought under the hood of SSL, especially if the form asks for any personal identity details such as Name, address, DOB etc.
  • If a webpage asks for any sort of Financial information like the credit card /Bank details.
  • The login pages, web mail, control panels or just protected areas of web sites should surely be protected using the SSL.
  • If you are to transfer of files over https and FTP services to webservers and back
  • Email client to email server connections such as Microsoft Outlook to Microsoft Exchange.

Optional :

  • If some data is being passed over the web requires secure passage, for example : passing of credit card info. over the web without being exposed
  • You wish to assure your users that you are an authentic business and not someone who intend to fool others.
  • If you also intend to portrait yourself as someone who takes data privacy, security and integrity seriously

How does SSL make my web site more trustworthy?

Every SSL certificate is unique and consists of a verified information about the site it secures, this helps ensuring that the users interact with your web site safely. EV SSL is one of the highest standards of verification and offers the best in class security to data transmission.

If you’ve got a dedicated SSL installed for your domain, you can ask the provider to provide Global Sign® Trusted Site Seal, this acts as a trust mark that can be displayed on your website and pages, this further strengthens the trust of users on you.

SSL Classification

Extended Validation (EV) SSL
It is probably one of the highly advanced SSL technologies in the Industry where the criteria for issuing EV certificates are defined by the Guidelines for Extended Validation Certificates. The latest versions of secure browsers alike IE, Opera, Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Safari have the capabilities of identifying ExtendedSSL Certificates as EV Certificates and activate the browser interface security enhancements, such as the Green Bar. Users who intend to have the greatest level of security should opt. for an EVSSL .

EV Certificates are a preference for all types of businesses, government entities and both incorporated and unincorporated businesses.

Following are the the steps essential to be fulfilled before a certificate can be issued :

  • Verifying the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity
  • Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records
  • Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV Certificate
  • Verifying that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV Certificate

Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates

The Certificates verified using organization validation (OV) practices contain the verified name of the entity controlling the website that controls the website. Certification authorities (CA) issuing these certificates check with third parties to establish the official name of the organization and where they are located.

3. Domain Validation:

The Domain validated certificates are ideally verified and issued via. automated processes. A DVSSL does not consists of an identifying information in the organization name field. They are fully supported and share the same browser recognition with OrganizationSSL, but with an only difference with its issuance time and no need for company paperwork. This is one o f the cheapest SSL Certs available for businesses which can be issues almost instantly without the need of much documentation.

Author : Stanley Jones | Eukhost Limited

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