Why do I need SSL on my Website?

Aside from the advantage you will receive on your Google rankings, you also have a responsibility to protect your visitors. Any information they exchange with your site will travel through the internet in plain text unless you use SSL to encrypt it.

How do I protect my visitors?

There are many ways to secure your site and protect your site visitors from having sensitive information leaked. One of the most effective methods is to install a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate. This will encrypt all data from end to end.

Why should I use UKC for my Web Security?

At UKC we ONLY provide Grade A level Web Hosting + SSL implementation.

Installing SSL can be quite a complex affair for the non-technical. We at UKC make the process simple by doing everything you need – from requisition to installation. We will help you apply redirects or to reconfigure your CMS to make best use of your new security.

How do I test my Web Hosting SSL Grade?

We recommend you use the online test provided by Qualys SSL Labs. It takes two minutes, you do not need to provide any details other than your website address and you will immediately receive a grading for your site. Less than Grade A is not acceptable.

How do I get a Grade A?

Using SSL on your site is only part of the story. Having it implemented properly is where we come in. We provide a combination of secure web hosting configuration together with industry recognised SSL certificate installation. We do it all for you.

Order your Grade A level security from UKC today.

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SSL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What you need to know about SSL

Q: What is SSL?

A: 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. However, it is increasingly used for server to server communications and for web-based applications.

Q: How long does enrolment take?

A: An SSL certificate may be issued within minutes of submitting your enrolment information as long as the information is correct and the authorised administrator responds promptly to the confirmation email. RapidSSL® Certificates and RapidSSL® Wildcard both use an authentication process to verify domain control validation.

Q: What is domain control validation?

A: RapidSSL will confirm domain control by sending an email to the administrator listed with the registrar for the domain. If the authorised administrator does not reply, a second email will be sent to an email address at the domain such as info@ or support@. We do this for you.

Q: What is encryption and why are there different levels?

A: 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.

Q: How do web site visitors know if a web site is using SSL?

A: When a browser connects to a secure site it retrieves the site’s SSL certificate and checks that it has not expired, that it has been issued by a Certificate Authority the browser trusts and that it is being used by the web site for which it has been issued.

If it fails on any one of these checks the browser will display a warning to the end user. If it succeeds, several security indicators are built into modern browsers to indicate that SSL is enabled.

  • The beginning of the URL or web address changes from http:// to https://
  • A padlock on the browser window changes from open to closed
  • The address bar will turn green and display the name of the web site owner when connecting to a web site protected by an Extended Validation SSL certificate.

In addition, a trust mark such as the RapidSSL site seal may be added to web pages on a secure site.

Q: What does browser recognition mean?

A: When a browser or operating system encounters an SSL certificate, it checks to make sure that the certificate is valid and trusted. An SSL certificate is trusted if it is signed by a “trusted” or pre-installed root certificate. If a browser that does not contain the root CA certificate used to issue the SSL certificate, a security warning will alert them.

Q: What is a certificate signing request or CSR?

A: A CSR is a public key that you generate on your server according to your server software instructions. (If you do not have access to your server, your web host or Internet service provider will generate it for you.) The CSR is required during the SSL certificate enrolment process because it validates the specific information about your web server and your organisation.

Q: What is a public/private key pair?

A: SSL uses unique cryptographic key pairs: each key pair consists of a secret private key and a related public key. Information encrypted with a public key can only be decrypted with the corresponding private key, and vice-versa.

Q: How do I obtain the RapidSSL Site Seal?

You must obtain the site seal directly from RapidSSL and follow the instructions given. Claim your RapidSSL Site Seal.

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