What is an SSL certificate?
SSL is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer, an encryption technology that was created by Netscape. SSL creates an encrypted connection between your web server and your visitors' web browser allowing for private information to be transmitted without the problems of eavesdropping, data tampering, or message forgery.
SSL certificates are often used to secure actions that would otherwise carry a risk for sensitive data to be stolen, such as payment processing, or creating a member account.
What are the advantages of an SSL Certificate?
- Encryption: It provides private communication channels through which personal data will travel. The encryption is comparable to an envelope being sent through the mail, as the envelope protects the information inside until it reaches its destination.
- Authentication: It ensures that information will reach the correct destination server without being intercepted.
- Member Trust: Current and prospective members will be able to trust you with their personal information, and be more likely to make purchases from your site.
How does an SSL certificate change my SilkStart site?
SilkStart already has SSL certificates in use for all SilkStart sites.
SilkStart's security certificates cover all subdomains of silkstart.com. When your members access a secure part of SilkStart, they will be automatically pushed to use our secure connection. If you have a custom domain, eg. http://www.membersite.com, your users will be transferred automatically to your site's SilkStart domain for the secure action - eg. https://membersite.silkstart.com.
Adding your own SSL certificate allows members to access secure pages on your site through your custom domain - so your members would be able to visit https://www.membersite.com.
How do I add an SSL certificate to my SilkStart site?
Please contact SilkStart if you would like to proceed with an SSL Certificate. Include the below information in your email:
- Country Name (2 Letter code)
- State or Province Name (Full name)
- Locality Name (city, town)
- Organization Name (company)
- Organizational Unit Name (section)
- Common Name (fully qualified domain name, for example domain.com www.domain.com)
- Email Address (Usually something like email@example.com)