Every SSL certificate issued by HostsCheap comes with these great features.
The level of security provided by an SSL certificate is determined by the number of bits used to generate the encryption key. That key is then used to encrypt the data. Most of our SSL certificates use either 256-bit or 128-bit encryption, depending on the capabilities of web browser and server. Both 256- and 128-bit are industry standard for data protection.
The site seal offers visual proof of the security provided by your website’s SSL certificate. It’s so important, in fact, that it’s become the main reason many website owners and managers buy an SSL certificate as most web users know to look for it. Seals vary in appearance depending on the type of SSL certificate issued, but they all mean the same thing: your user’s data is protected.
Google recently announced that having an SSL Certificate is the easiest thing site owners can do to boost SEO ranking. The Google search boost for using SSL applies to all sites, whether they have personal information or not. That means that even if your site doesn't have a checkout page, login pages, or any financial or sensitive personal information, you can still get SEO benefits by installing an SSL Certificate or Server Certificate on your site .
Cheap SSL Certificates are unique in that they offer a full verification of Server Certificate identity, further showing Google that you secure customer data and that your own identity has been verified by a trusted party SecureSSL.
Google has encouraged all sites to secure visitor information with Cheap SSL Certificates. That means that whether the Website collects personal information or not, Google will reward sites with SSL Certificates with a boost in search ranking.
Larger Websites and online service providers often require more than just a single SSL Certificate to secure their Website. They may have multiple Websites, or have several different domains to secure. Service providers often secure customer Websites or run services for businesses and need to secure those portals for their own customers.
Validation is a key feature of SSL certification. Here’s how they differentiate from each other.
Perfect for blogs, personal websites, and Facebook apps. It does not verify the site owner information and is not recommended to be used for e-Commerce or sites that have a user login.
Ideal for securing sites that take in customer info and require login credentials. Site owner information is verified by the Certificate Authority.
Recommended for sites requiring encryption for more sensitive customer information, such as credit cards. Site owner information is more thoroughly vetted by the Certificate Authority.
Single domain SSL certificates provide security for a single unique domain name or one subdomain. For example:
domain.com or domain.us or domain.org or subdomain1.domain.com or subdomain2.domain.com
Wildcard SSL certificates allow site owners to provide security for multiple subdomains on a single unique domain. A wildcard SSL certificate issued to *.domain.com can be used to secure hostnames such as:
domain.com; www.domain.com; login.domain.com; mail.domain.com
Site managers with multiple domains can use a multi-domain SSL certificate to secure several websites by including many domains on one certificate. It's ideal for organizations with multiple unique domains hosted on a single server. For example:
blog.mysite.com, secure.mysite.co.uk, payment.mysite.net, blog.mysite.org
After you purchase an SSL certificate, it needs to be activated. After activation, you’ll receive installation instructions. From that point, you can manage your certificate in the Hostscheap Account Panel.
An SSL certificate acts as third-party verification for a website’s security. It verifies the strength of the Secure Socket Layer encryption used when a user connects to the site and connects that encryption to the organization or individual that owns and maintains the website. SSL certification and validation are a necessary piece of web security for any business that collects information from its users.
Different SSL certificates provide different levels of security, depending on the level of protection and security features your website and its users need. You may be familiar with visual elements such as Site Seals, the HTTPS:// protocol appearing in the URL, but there are less-visible functions that help protect your website and visitors.
No matter what level of security you choose, your users will recognize that your site is safe, and that leads to greater trust in your brand online.
Once your SSL cert has been purchased, the next step is to have a CSR code generated on the server where your website is hosted. You will need to have a dedicated IP address, or SNI technology active any shared servers. Using a web host that supports third-party SSL certificates, is important, as well.
When you change your hosting service, believe that your CSR/RSA pair has been compromised, or replace the domain name(s) for which the SSL was issued, you need to have your SSL encryption certificate reissued. Changes to contact details in the certificate may require a reissue, as well. To begin the process, you must generate a new CSR/RSA pair and save your RSA for further installation. Be sure to save your RSA for later steps in the installation. This can usually be done by the user, but your hosting provider may be able to assist. At Hostscheap, there is no cost to reissue your SSL certificate.
When you purchase an SSL certificate, an expiration date is encoded by the certificate authority, and cannot be changed. Beginning 30 days prior to the expiration, but before the actual expiry date, you must complete the renewal process. When you use Hostscheap as your SSL provider, we will contact you via email during the renewal window to remind you to take action. The process is easy, and requires only four steps.