Shared SSL Certificates
If you’re wondering how sites are able to protect their site users from hackers, the answer is SSL. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a kind of protocol used in securing sensitive information by encrypting them during transmissions over unsecured channels and networks such as the internet. On sites protected by SSL, all information processed goes though SSL encryption so that in case hackers or malwares acquire sensitive information, they will still not be able to open and use them since they are encrypted. This can effectively ward off those who wish to compromise your site’s records like user accounts and passwords. It also increases the trust and confidence of site users who think twice before sharing their personal and financial information. No person in his right mind will share his credit card information on a website that does not have SSL protection.
An SSL certificate, on the other hand, is like a signpost that tells the user if a website is SSL-protected. It is designed in such a way that users can easily identify SSL certificates. To check for SSL-protection, just check on your browser’s address bar whether you can see a green padlock and the word https:// before the site’s domain. You can try opening Facebook’s login page and you will find the green padlock and https:// before the domain name www.facebook.com. This means that all information entered on that page, such as email or user id and password is protected. Otherwise, facebook will lose all its users due to hackers and identity thieves.
SSL-Protection with iPage
iPage is a leader in web hosting because of its affordable services. They offer web hosting services at inconceivably low rates, perfect for new users. Aside from this, iPage’s service is also unmatched. At a very low rate, you can get unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage space, unlimited email accounts, a free domain name for the first year, unlimited MySQL databases, vDeck control panel, free advertising credits, SimpleScripts installer, and a lot of add-ons. On top of these, iPage users can enjoy free SSL protection through iPage’s Shared SSL Certificates.
Shared SSL vs Premium SSL Certificates
iPage users need not worry about finding SSL certificates provider since iPage itself can give them one. SSL certificates can be installed on your site in just a few minutes. iPage actually has two kinds of SSL certificates. One is a shared SSL certificate and the other is premium SSL certificates.
Shared SSL Certificates
Shared SSL certificates can automatically be acquired free by all iPage account owners. It is called a shared SSL because multiple users will be using the same SSL protection provided by iPage. This SSL certificate will appear as follows https://yourusername.ipage.com. You’ll notice that it uses iPage’s domain while the site’s name appears only as a subdomain. There is not much difference between the two in terms of the level of protection so you need not worry about not using a premium version of the SSL Certificate.
SSL Premium Certificates
A premium SSL Certificate is purchased from iPage and is issued by Geo Trust, one of the most trusted providers of SSL security. Its features include the following:
- up to 256-bit encryption
- provides secure access over “https”
- has $100,000 protection warranty
- compatible with mobile devices
- 99% compatible with all web browsers
To purchase this premium SSL certificate, just include it in your hosting package upon registration. When you sign up with iPage and you reach the Billing Information page, just scroll down and look for the Add-on Services. There you will find the SSL certificate icon. Just click “Add to Cart” to include it in your hosting plan. You can purchase a 1-year SSL certificate for $59.95 per year; and a 2-year SSL certificate for only $89.95 per year. If you’re already registered with iPage, just visit this link and find the “Buy Now” button at the bottom of the page to purchase a premium SSL certificate.