A Beginners Guide To Web Certificates

Today, more than ever, small business owners and those selling products online or marketing specific products and services use free templates offered through web hosting services to create their own websites.

These websites look professionally done and offer a very effective and low-cost way to start to build a customer base. However, if you want to be able to accept credit and debit cards or if you ask for any information from the visitors or users, having web certificates in place to keep the data safe is essential.

In order to comply with PCI (Payment Card Industry) requirements for accepting payments, it is necessary to use an SSL/TLS certificate. These web certificates provide encryption at the browser and decryption at the server to provide secure transmission of the credit and debit card information.

In addition to protecting your user information during the transmission of data, it will also be important to perform specific scans of your website. These are called PCI vulnerability scans and they are required on a quarterly basis.

Getting Started

At Comodo, we offer several different types of SSL certificates that are ideal for small ecommerce sites, blogs or informational sites. We also offer more robust options to protect a main domain and subdomains or multiple domains all the same certificate.

It is important to realize that web certificates are more than just a certificate. They also include a set of paired keys, one which is private and one that is public. The private key is linked to the certificate and the certificate is linked to the website.

The private and the public key are really long strings of numbers that are mathematically related but not the same. The public and the private key will only work with each other to encrypted and decrypt the information. The public key works from the browsers to encrypt the information entered by the user. This is then transported to the server where it is decrypted with the corresponding private key.

The web certificates are used to provide trust and assurance that your website is verified or "vouched for" by a recognized Certificate Authority (CA). This is completed by the information you will supply from your server through a Certificate Signing Request.

Comodo is now the world's leading Trust Provider, and you will see our certificates on sites from all around the globe. Our TrustLogo site seal also identifies the sites we secure, plus our name is located on the certificate which you can easily view on any site by simply clicking on the padlock in the address bar or hovering over the TrustLogo site seal.

The Levels

For those just starting out with a small website, any of the single domain web certificates may be the right match. These products can be issued for one, two or three year terms and they come in three different levels of validation.

The most basic level of validation is the domain level. This includes the CA verifying or validating that the individual applying for the certificate had the authority to do so and owns the domain name. This is typically done by a verification through WHOIS. This is a good option if your website doesn't collect personal or financial information.

The most commonly used option for most small business is the organization validation level. These web certificates show not only the domain is validated by the organization is also verified. This is done through comparing information from trusted databases about the business or individual, which is more significant than just verifying ownership of the domain.

The highest possible level of validation and one that is used when full trust and assurance is desirable is the EV or extended validation. Only companies can apply for this level as it includes both DV and OV levels plus additional verification of the authenticity of the company. This includes verifying a physical address and actual incorporation or other types of business designations.

It can be difficult for those new to the different web certificates to determine which is the best options for your needs. At Comodo, our staff is here to talk to you about your options. We even provide a full 90-day free certificate that you can use while you do your research. There are no strings attached, but we are sure once you see how easy it is to install and use you will continue to be a Comodo customer.

To talk to use today, give us a call at +1 888 266 6361 of chat with us via our Live Chat system on any page at https://www.instantssl.com.

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