December 16, 2015

SSL Secure Server

WHY DO I NEED SSL, AND WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

This is an important question for anyone involved in web or cloud based databases where sensitive information is stored and transferred. SSL is the backbone of our secure Internet and it protects your sensitive information as it travels across the world. It keeps the Internet from being ruled by anarchists and criminals, and most importantly it protects your data from attack and theft.

BENEFITS OF SSL

Why use SSL? To Encrypt Sensitive Information.
The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your data, credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.

AUTHENTICATION

In addition to encryption, a proper SSL certificate also provides authentication. This means you can be sure that you are sending information to the right server and not to a criminal’s server. Why is this important? The nature of the Internet means that your customers will often be sending information through several computers. Any of these computers could pretend to be your website and trick your users into sending them personal information. It is only possible to avoid this by using a proper Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and getting an SSL Certificate from a trusted SSL provider.

MORE ABOUT SSL

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client—typically a web server (website) and a browser; or a mail server and a mail client (e.g., Outlook or Mac Mail).

SSL allows sensitive information such as data, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and login credentials to be transmitted securely. Normally, data sent between browsers and web servers is sent in plain text, leaving you vulnerable to invasion or eavesdropping. If an attacker is able to intercept all data being sent between a browser and a web server they can see and use that information.

More specifically, SSL is a security protocol. Protocols describe how algorithms should be used; in this case, the SSL protocol determines variables of the encryption for both the link and the data being transmitted.

SSL secures millions of peoples’ data on the Internet every day, especially during online transactions or when transmitting confidential information. Internet users have come to associate their online security with the lock icon that comes with an SSL-secured website or green address bar that comes with an extended validation SSL-secured website. SSL-secured websites also begin with https rather than http.

IMPORTANT: When a new SSL is registered and applied to a website domain name, the website may sometimes display a window showing a warning that the connection is not secure. This  is normal and usually occurs early on when SSL is first applied to the domain name. Once propagation of the SSL is complete this warning/window will not appear. If you receive such a message, follow the steps below:

ssl-warning

Pricing option 1 (preferred):
The SSL can be purchased and set up though our platform quickly and seamlessly for $175 +gst per domain name per year. Our IT team can arrange and configure this for you without any involvement from you other than paying the yearly fee.

Pricing option 2:
If you choose to purchase an SSL through an external provider rather than through us, you will need to provide us with a log-in to your SSL certificate control panel so that we can configure the SSL to the domain name/s. The process requires our IT team to send a request for the ssl certificate for our server, to the certificate providing body. It can take hours or even days for the external provider to approve the certificate. Once approved, we then take the code they provide, usually in 2 sets of files, which we will then install on our server.

If we have to configure the SSL through an external provider we charge $220 +gst to cover the extra work involved in dealing with the external provider. The user will need to purchase the SSL independently and send us the login as above. Option 1 is definitely the best option.

See our pricing page for more options.