SSL Certificates

When you see a padlock icon or the address in your browser starts with "https://" you are using a secure server.

This means communication between your computer and the website you're dealing with is scrambled. This is important for safeguarding personal data and most commonly used for financial transactions, such as buying goods with your credit card.

Not so long ago, all the scrambling and unscrambling that went on meant that secure sites suffered from a noticable performance decline due to all the extra processing. However with the inceased speed in servers, networks and end users' computers it's now possible to make secure connections almost unnoticable. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook paved the way for this and now use secure connections by default to protect personal information.

An SSL certificate (SSL stands for "Secure Socket Layer", by the way) proves that the server you are sending your information to is actually owned by who is says it's owned by and that the communication between your web browser and it is only able to be understood by those two machines at that particular time.

If you are using a payment processor like PayPal or SagePay for your ecommerce website, you needn't worry about any of this as the credit card details are handled by their own secure servers away from your site. However if you do need to secure sensitive information on your own site we can provide secure hosting and install and maintain an SSL certificate for you as part of the hosting package.

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