What is an SSL Certificate and How Does it Work?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It’s a protocol used to encrypt and authenticate the data sent between an application (like your browser) and a web server. This leads to a more secure web for both you and the visitors to your website. In fact, Google has imposed indicators on sites that are not SSL enabled with the “not secure” icon: https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/milestone-chrome-security-marking-http-not-secure/
SSL is closely tied to another acronym – TLS. TLS, short for Transport Layer Security, is the successor and more up-to-date version of the original SSL protocol.
How do I tell if I am using SSL?
The easiest way to see if a website is using SSL/TLS is to look at your browser. The URL will usually start with “https ://” and most all browsers mark secure connections with a green padlock and/or a message. For example, in Google Chrome, you can look for a green padlock and the Secure message. Also in the Google Chrome brwosers you may see a “not secure” icon if the site is not enabled.
How do I get one?
Ask your E Street representative to aquire and install one for you. Prices vary by type but even the basic ones offered by E Street should be enabled on websites even if thy are not doing E-Commerce of Payment processing. Attached below are some of the types SSL certificates we provide through various Trusted Authority SSL certificate providers. Contact E Street for current pricing for these.
CUSTOM SSL CERTIFICATES
NOTE – Certificates INCLUDE; your 256-bit SSL encryption certificate acquisition, also includes installation of the cert to your server (e.g.: IIS or Linux Apache E Street hosted website), and reminders for renewal as well.
E Street Basic SSL
Fully supported 256-bit SSL encryption Certificate GeoTrust cert issued for your custom domain name with an extended warranty and Static Site Seal (static image “seal” banner)
GeoTrust Wildcard® Basic
This is a “Wildcard” 256-bit SSL encryption Certificate used to Secure all your sub-domains *.yourdomain.com (e.g.: mail.yourdomain.com, www.yourdomain.com, another.yourdomain.com) within your domain/organization. Use this cert if you have multiple server/services using the same domain name needing SSL encryption.
E Street QuickSSL® Premium SSL
A low-priced 256-bit SSL encryption Certificate issued for your custom domain name with an extended warranty and a dynamic True Site Seal (dynamic image “seal” banner).
True BusinessID with EV
GeoTrust’s Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate that triggers the green bar in high-security web browsers, extended warranty and a dynamic True Site Seal (dynamic image “seal” banner). https://www.geotrust.com/ssl/extended-validation-ssl/ (discounts available for these certs with E Street)