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Part 1: Understanding SSL Certification

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is the technology utilized to establish a secure and encrypted connection between your web browser and the server hosting the website you’re visiting. Without SSL certification, it is technically feasible for a malicious third party to intercept any data exchanged between the browser and the server, potentially compromising sensitive information for harmful purposes. 

So, how can an average web user determine if the site they’re visiting is SSL certified? Look for the visual cues provided by the browser, such as the lock icon and the “https” at the beginning of the URL. “HTTPS” stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure, and it operates nearly the same as regular “http,” except that it operates under the SSL protocol, which encrypts the data transmitted between the browser and the web server.

What is Partial SSL Certification?

A partially secure site possesses SSL certification but contains elements, often images or scripts, hosted on unsecured servers. In theory, these unsecured elements can be exploited by unethical parties as potential vulnerabilities. The extent of potential harm depends on which elements remain unsecured. If a site is only partially secured and you need to provide personal information or credit card details, exercise caution. Achieving SSL certification can be somewhat complex, and it becomes even more challenging if you have an insecure Instagram slider, social feed, or a script hosted on an unsecured server. To prevent partial SSL notices from appearing, as illustrated in the image below, it’s important to address these elements:

What is EV SSL Certification?

For those seeking the highest level of security, there’s Extended Validation (EV) SSL certification. This entails a more rigorous verification process and the highest levels of authentication. In addition to peace of mind, sites with EV SSL certification feature a prominent green address bar security notification, instilling added confidence in their visitors. The address bar notifications appear as shown in Chrome (above) and Firefox (below):

As previously mentioned, correctly setting up SSL certification for your site can be a challenge. However, the effort is more than worthwhile, as losing customers due to a lack of confidence in your site’s security is a needless setback. The benefits extend beyond security, and in our subsequent post, we’ll delve into the advantages of having your site SSL certified and explain how it’s done.

Leadshouse Can Assist with Your SSL Certification!

If you’re interested in discussing the benefits of SSL certification or need assistance with setting up SSL certification for your website, reach out to Leadshouse, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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