MoDuet believes website security is a priority. That is why we now provide SSL Certificates as a standard for all new hosting accounts. Google announced that it will now highlight any website as “not secured” while using Chrome. The goal is to increase awareness and make website security a standard to anyone who owns or accesses a website.
The internet is constantly changing. It’s the nature of the beast. The internet’s structure is built to constantly grow and change based off the millions of users that interact with it every day. And although that change includes new technology to make the internet easier to access and safe, there will always be risks. SSL and website security take a big role to minimize internet risks.
SSL and Website Security
Whether you run an online store, personal blog or like to shop online you should understand the basics of SSL and website security to keep your information safe. SSL or Secure Sockets Layer has now become the best practice for security as it encrypts information between a server and browser. You do not need to fully understand the details of how SSL works. What you do need to understand is how to identify if it is present or not and that part is simple.
Look at the address bar at the top of your browser and you will see this website’s secure lock next to the address. This tells you two things. First, the website you are currently viewing owns an SSL Certificate that makes the website’s information encrypted. Second, any information that you provide from ip address to contact information will be encrypted as well.
Browsing a website that has an SSL Certificate provides peace of mind to everyone. Its important to understand that if you own a website, you should have an SSL Certificate installed so that your users can share this peace of mind with you. You do not need to understand how this SSL technology works. You should know the different types of SSL Certificates as well as the importance of having a reliable hosting company that can provide you with the certificate.
Domain Validated SSL Certificate
Domain Validated or DV SSL Certificates do exactly what they are called, validate the domain name. A DV SSL Certificate is most common when installing a certificate because it requires minimal information to install.
Organization Validation SSL Certificate
Organization Validation or OV SSL Certificates validate the domain as well as the organization that owns the domain. These certificates do require documentation in order to obtain a Certificate Authority. A Certificate Authority will certify that the organization is legitimate.
Extended Validation SSL Certificates
Similar to OV SSL, Extended Validation or EV SSL Certificates still validate the domain and do require documentation for a Certificate Authority to validate the organization. The additional documentation provides an extension to the certificate showing more information to the organization’s ownership of the certificate.
Which Certificate Do You Need?
All three certificates offer the same level of protection. The overall difference is the paper work that is required between the OV and EV SSL Certificates. MoDuet offers an SSL certificate to our hosted clients. If you are new or renewing your hosting you will automatically receive an encrypted SSL certificate. We will even install the certificate so that you do have to worry about the installation or setup.
Hosting, Firewall and Website Security
In addition to SSL Certificates there are advancements in hosting, firewalls and how to handle data so that user information and website data are protected. A reliable hosting company will ensure that your are provided with all the information necessary to keep you information safe and your users safer. Most hosting companies now provide a firewall as a line of defense for unwanted traffic. There are also best practices for handling sensitive data such as personal and financial information.
If you have questions about your current hosting situation or how MoDuet can help you move into a secured environment we are here to help.