Online Security

What is an SSL Certificate?

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An SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), also called a Digital Certificate, creates a secure link between a website and a visitor's browser. By ensuring that all data passed between the two remains private and secure, SSL encryption prevents hackers from stealing private information such as credit card numbers, names and addresses.

If you sell products or services on your website and accept credit cards online, you need an SSL Certificate for website security. If you don't sell online but want to add credibility to your website, a Site Confirm Seal may be sufficient.

How Can an SSL Certificate Help My Online Business?

As part of the process of issuing an SSL Certificate, a Certificate Authority (CA), such as Network Solutions, authenticates the purchasing company's identity. The CA verifies the purchaser's credentials using WHOIS database information, Dun & Bradstreet data, articles of incorporation, government-issued photo ID's and/or other credible sources. This comprehensive approach to identity validation ensures that an SSL Certificate is a reliable symbol of your company's trust worthiness. In turn, your SSL certificate shows customers that your business is legitimate and that it's safe to conduct business with you online.

How Can Network Solutions Help Me with Website Security?

Things to consider when evaluating SSL Certificate providers include the data encryption level, Web browser compatibility, and price. At 128 bits, and the ability to support 256-bits, Network Solutions® nsProtect™ Secure SSL Certificates offer the highest available encryption level for website security. In addition, Network Solutions SSL Certificates are also compatible with over 99% of all browsers worldwide, and include guarantees.

We'll help you determine which SSL Certificate is best for your website security needs, based on the services you're looking for and the volume of online transactions your website handles. Network Solutions offers four different SSL Certificates in the nsProtect™ family of website security services. The differences between the nsProtect™ Secure SSL Certificates are in the amount of the guarantee backing the Certificate, the time for issuance, and the number of domains you can secure.

Because we're one of the most recognized and trusted brands on the Internet, having a Network Solutions' nsProtect™ Secure SSL Certificate on your website will enhance your business' legitimacy and reliability and make customers feel comfortable doing business with you online. Further, if you change hosting providers, Network Solutions will replace your SSL Certificate for free.

Network Solutions also offers a new website security and performance monitoring service that is useful for any website that requires 24/7 availability. nsProtect™ Safe guards your website from hackers and improves its overall performance through daily scanning of your site. When security or performance issues are discovered, we'll alert you immediately. It's further proof of Network Solutions' commitment to providing high quality website security to all of its clients.

Watch this video to learn more about SSL certificates!