Online security has been the foremost consideration by those who engage in e-Commerce or transacting business online. Threats of hacking and unauthorized seizure and use of personal information roam all corners of the internet. This is why several people think twice or even dismiss the idea of sharing personal information on some websites. In the past, you cannot tell whether a website asking for your email address and password is legitimate or not, and whether keying in your account information will be safely processed by the website. Today, with the advent of SSL security, website visitors and account owners are assured that their information is safe and secure.
What do you mean by SSL?
Secure Sockets Layer, or more commonly known as SSL, refers to a protocol designed for ensuring safe data transmissions through the internet of sensitive information. In simple words, SSL is used to make sure the website you are visiting or transacting with is protected from malicious software that can give way to information breach. It assures you, the user, that the information you share with that particular website is safe and will not be accessed by any other person through whatever means. You can determine whether a website is protected by SSL security by simply looking at its address bar. If you see a “padlock” at the start of the site’s web address followed by the word https:// (remember that it has a letter ‘s’, not only http but https)and then the name of the website, then that website is SSL-protected. Notice that the padlock and https:// are colored green. If you want to see an example of an SSL-secured website, just go to the log-in or sign up page of Yahoo! or Facebook.
Why bother with SSL Security?
As mentioned earlier, SSL is used to safeguard sensitive or confidential information of website users. This information may include usernames, passwords, email messages and email addresses, credit card information and others. SSL’s main feature is the added security on your website. Higher security means higher confidence on the part of your visitors or site users. Higher confidence, on the other hand, means higher traffic. And higher traffic translates to higher profits – especially for sites whose earnings depend on site visits or clicks. In short, having SSL on your website may increase your followers and profits. However, this is only true if your users value security on your website. SSL is not indispensable if your users are not interested at all in securing the information they share on your site. Take for example a blog site. A usual blog site will have the comments section. Here, any site visitor can write comments or opinions regarding your posts. These comments, unless they involve account information, need not be protected at all from unauthorized access simply because the one who posted wants it to be seen by anyone. In this case, you need not bother with SSL Securityon your blog site.
SSL Security on your iPage-hosted Website
After reading above and realizing that your website needs SSL security, you may be wondering how you can install SSL on your website. For iPage, SSL security actually comes in two forms:First, we have the QuickSSL Premium certificate; and second, we have the Shared SSL.
QuickSSL Premium Certificate
This SSL Certificate is not free. If you want it on your site, then you have to purchase it. You can do this on your iPage hosting account or when you’re signing up with iPage. iPage’sQuickSSL Premium Certificate is issued by GeoTrust, one of the most trusted SSL providers today. Its features include:
- Extended Warranty
- Up to 256-bit Encryption
- Unlimited Free Reissues
- $100,000 Protection Level
- Secure access over “https”
- Mobile Device Compatible
- GeoSure Protection Plan
You need not bother with the installation of the SSL Certificate since it is done automatically by iPage and GeoTrust.
Shared SSL is a free SSL Security feature provided by iPage to all its account owners regardless of their hosting plan. They differ from SSL Premium Certificates because it uses iPage’s domain name. This is how a Shared SSL on iPage looks like Shared SSL: https://yourusername.ipage.com. On the other hand, an SSL Premium Certificate is associated with your own domain as follows: SSL:https://www.yourdomain.com.