SSL is short for ‘Secure Socket Layer’. It is a small piece of code that provides a layer of security between a client/visitor’s web browser and your website. SSL Certificates are issued for a specific server and website domain (website address) by Certified Authorities (CA). The CA follow very strict rules and policies about who may or may not receive an SSL certificate so this provides a higher degree of trust by your customers, visitors or clients.
How do I know a website is SSL secured?
SSL secured websites display the following:
1. The website address is prefixed by ‘https://’ (secured http) and
2. There will be a padlock visible on the browser.
How does the SSL Certificate secure my website?
The SSL certificate secures your website by performing the following two functions:
- Authentication and Verification: The authenticity of certain details regarding the identity of a person, business or website can be verified by clicking on the browser’s padlock symbol.
- Data Encryption: Ensures that sensitive information exchanges via the website cannot be intercepted or ready anyone other than the intended recipient.
Ingram Micro recommends purchasing an SSL wildcard for Cloud Store owners, this offers automatic protection for multiple subdomains with a single certificate.
IMPORTANT! Ingram Micro bundles a wildcard SSL certificate with your Cloud Store initially. Once this has expired, resellers are responsible for updating and renewing the SSL Certificate.