What is SSL?
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol for enabling data encryption on the Internet and for helping web site users confirm the owner of the web site. SSL is most commonly used to protect communications between web browsers and servers.
Who should use SSL?
Simple answer - Anyone with a website looking to:
- secure online credit card transactions
- secure the transfer of files
- secure online system logins, web forms, web mail, or other areas of their website
RapidSSL provides base level customer confidence as a result of the https and a closed padlock in the browser URL bar. You will also be provided with a static trust mark for download and display on your site.
What is encryption and why are there different levels?
Encryption is a mathematical process of coding and decoding information. The number of bits (40-bit, 56-bit, 128-bit, 256-bit) tells you the size of the key. Like a longer password, a larger key has more possible combinations. When an encrypted session is established, the encryption level is determined by the capability of the web browser, SSL certificate, web server, and client computer operating system.
What is domain control validation?
Before issuing an SSL certificate for a domain name, we must verify the person requesting the certificate controls the domain name. RapidSSL will send an email to the administrator listed with the registrar for the domain, requiring receipt confirmation by the recipient. In addition to validation by email, you will be asked to provide a telephone number where you can be reached immediately after submitting your enrollment. If everything checks out, the SSL certificate is issued for the domain.
How do I install my SSL certificate?
Once you've received your certificate, please open a support ticket with AlphaDrive and include the certificate in the ticket. We will be happy to install the certificate on the server for you.
Will my certificate automatically renew?
Due to the nature of SSL certificates, you must purchase a new certificate each time it expires. We recommend purchasing your SSL certificate for multiple years so you
won't have to worry about buying a new one and reinstalling it every 12 months.