Your five-minute guide to SSL Certification

Has SSL certification got your head in a spin? Don’t worry, the team at JDP Digital has created the easy to understand coffee break style guide to help you get to grips with SSL. We’ll tell you everything you’ll need to know so that you can make an informed decision as to what type of certification works best for your website.

So, let’s get started!

What is SSL Certification?

Basically, SSL certificates are little data files that bind a cryptographic key to your businesses details. Once installed on your web server, it facilitates secure connections from a web server to a browser meaning that any data that passes between the two is secure thanks to the encryption.

Why do I need it for my website?

You can tell if a website has an SSL certification as a small padlock icon will appear in the URL bar once you land on that particular site. The reason that SSL is so important is that it shows customers that your website is secure and that any personal details they share with you on this channel (such as addresses and bank details) are fully protected.

With online shoppers getting more and more savvy when it comes to online security, sites that don’t have an SSL certificate are seen as unsafe and untrustworthy, so failing to have one for your site is a big mistake if you’re planning to accept online orders.

What types of SSL Certification are available?

Currently, there are three different types of SSL certification available:

  • Extended Validation (EV SSL)
  • Organisation Validated (OV SSL)
  • Domain Validated (DV SSL)

The levels of encryption offered by each of these SSL certificate types is the same, but what makes them different is the level of vetting and verification each one offers. The type you need will depend on several factors, including the type of communications that will be flowing back and forth from your web server and the look and feel you want for your browser address bar.

It will also depend on the types of communications and the privacy levels you want to achieve.

Which SSL certification should I choose?

To discover the best SSL certification for your needs, the team at JDP Digital is happy to guide you through your options and help you select the SSL certification that suits your individual requirements. Get in touch today to find out more.