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Cheap SSL Certificates

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is the standard for creating a secure, encrypted link between a Web server and a browser, thus securing safe passage of sensitive information, such as credit card numbers. E-commerce Web sites, banks, etc. use SSL as a means to protect online transactions with their customers. Once a secure connection is established, SSL encrypts information sent from your browser to the Web server.

What are cheap SSL Certificates?

Cheap SSL certificates are digital certificates that authenticate the identity of Web sites and encrypts information that is sent to the servers using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key.

Cheap SSL certificates serve as an electronic "passport" that establishes an online entity’s credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user’s browser accesses the server’s digital certificate and establishes a secure connection.

Cheap SSL certificates contain the following information:

  • The certificate holder’s name

  • The certificate’s serial number and expiration date

  • A copy of the certificate holder’s public key

  • The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority

Some companies like verisign sell SSL certificates starting at $399/year. There is no need to pay a company like verisign $399/year for SSL certificates when you can get cheap SSL certificates from us starting at $27.95/year.

How does cheap SSL certificates work?

Cheap SSL Certificates ensure safe, easy, and convenient Internet shopping. Once an Internet user enters a secure area — by entering credit card information, e-mail address, or other personal data, for example — the shopping site's SSL certificate enables the browser and Web server to build a secure, encrypted connection. The SSL "handshake" process, which establishes the secure session, takes place discreetly behind the scene without interrupting the consumer's shopping experience. A "padlock" icon in the browser's status bar and the "https://" prefix in the URL are the only visible indications of a secure session in progress.

By contrast, if a user attempts to submit personal information to an unsecured Web site (i.e., a site that is not protected with a valid SSL certificate), the browser's built-in security mechanism triggers a warning to the user, reminding him/her that the site is not secure and that sensitive data might be intercepted by third parties. Faced with such a warning most Internet users likely will look elsewhere to make a purchase.

What is the difference between cheap SSL certificates and cheap Wildcard SSL certificates?

Cheap SSL certificates secure a single domain name.

Cheap Wildcard SSL certificates secure multiple sub-domains of a single domain name.

When generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for a Wildcard certificate, please add an asterisk (*) on the left side of the Common Name (e.g., "*.your-domain.ext" or "www*.your-domain.ext"). This secures all sub-domains of the domain defined as the Common Name.

NOTE: Cheap SSL certificates only secure the exact fully qualified domain entered as the Common Name in your certificate signing request. Thus, if your cheap SSL certificate secures "www.your-domain.ext," it will not secure the domain "your-domain.ext." If you need to secure both domains, you must request a cheap SSL certificate for each of them or purchase a Wildcard SSL certificate.

Which countries are currently supported for cheap SSL certificate issuance?

Our cheap SSL certificates can be issued to individuals and companies worldwide but with the following restrictions:

  • High Assurance Cheap SSL Certificates currently cannot be issued to requestors in the following countries:

    • Afghanistan

    • Belarus

    • Burundi

    • Congo, Democratic Republic of the (formerly Zaire)

    • Congo, Republic of the

    • Côte d'Ivoire

    • Cuba

    • Cyprus

    • Haiti

    • India

    • Indonesia

    • Iran

    • Iraq

    • Israel

    • Liberia

    • Libya

    • Myanmar

    • North Korea

    • Pakistan

    • People's Republic of China

    • Russia

    • Rwanda

    • Sierra Leone

    • Somalia

    • Sudan

    • Syria

    • Tanzania

    • Uganda

    • Vietnam

    • Yemen

    • Zimbabwe

  • Turbo SSL Certificates currently cannot be issued for Web sites with the following country-code top-level domains:

    • .af — Afghanistan

    • .cu — Cuba

    • .ir — Iran

    • .ly — Libya

    • .kp — North Korea

    • .rw — Rwanda

    • .sd — Sudan

    • .sy — Syria

Does cheap SSL certificates secure both www.your-domain.ext and your-domain.ext?

No, cheap SSL certificates only secure the exact, fully-qualified domain entered as the Common Name in your certificate signing request. Thus, if your certificate secures "www.your-domain.ext" it will not secure the domain "your-domain.ext." If a user types in "your-domain.ext" (without the "www") he/she receives a warning about the validity of the certificate. If you need to secure both domains you must request an SSL certificate for each of them. Alternatively, you can contact your domain registrar and request that your DNS records are set up so that typing in "your-domain.ext" automatically resolves to "www.your-domain.ext"

What is a Wildcard SSL certificate?

A Wildcard SSL Certificate secures your Web site URL and all of its sub-domains. The Wildcard SSL Certificate works the same way as a regular SSL certificate, undergoes the same validation processes, and is available as either a Turbo SSL or a High-Assurance certificate. The difference is that the Wildcard SSL Certificate extends to all of the sub-domains of your domain –"www.your-domain.ext," "shop.your-domain.ext," "register.your-domain.ext," etc.

What happens when my cheap SSLcertificate expires?

If you allow a cheap SSL certificate to expire, the certificate becomes invalid, and you will no longer be able to run secure transactions on your Web site. The Certification Authority (CA) will prompt you to renew your SSL certificate prior to the expiration date.

NOTE: Cheap SSL certificates can be renewed up to 60 days prior to and 30 days following the expiration date only.


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