SSL Certificates explained

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What is SSL?

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a protocol that provides a secure channel between two machines on the internet or local network. One of SSL’s most common uses is encrypting data on websites that collect private data such as processing payments.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a key to an organisation’s details. When installed on your website, it activates a padlock and the https protocol which allows a secure connection from a web server to your visitors browser. SSL Certificates bind together a domain name/server name/host name to an organisation’s identity and location in the real world.

Do I need an SSL?

If you take payments via your website, it is highly recommended that you have an SSL. Additionally – if you collect private information via your website, it is a good idea to have an SSL to instil confidence in your visitors as they interact with your website.

What are the types of SSL available?

RapidSSL – £35 Annually.

Entry level SSL – perfect for secure capture of email addresses or providing a secure login area on your website. Includes free additional IP Address. Takes less than one working day to be issued. Verified by checking that the recipient is the domain owner.  This will cover ‘www.’ and

RapidSSL Wildcard – £150 Annually.

Same features as the standard Rapid SSL, but can additionally be used on any subdomains of the main domain e.g. as well as Takes less than one working day to be issued. Verified by checking that the recipient is the domain owner.

Thawte SSL123 – £80 Annually.

Certificate for applications that are not at risk for phishing or fraud. Similar to the RapidSSL but with added feature of domain validation – the quickest SSL to get which is domain validated. Generally takes one working day or less to be issued. Steps for validation include a domain authentication and a confirmation of operational existence.

Thawte SSL Web Server Certificate – £125 Annually.

Great for light eCommerce – includes seal, great for customer confidence. Ideal for use on public and employee sites. Steps are taken to verify your business name and domain through various official databases.

GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV – £250 Annually.

Perfect for large eCommerce sites. Take payments securely and provides the “green bar” validation to visitors/clients. Extended steps are taken to verify your companies good standing with organisations such as Companies House. Great for customer confidence that your site is 100% genuine and 100% secure for large purchases and private data transfer.

If you would like to ask us any questions about SSL’s please drop us an email at [email protected] or call us on 0208 0909 664. You can place an order for an SSL on our website:

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