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What are SSLs?

Internet safety is an utmost priority for everyone who shops online, and your customers will demand nothing but the highest possible level of safety when they buy your products. From July 2018 onwards Google is going to flag insecure websites on their search page and also on Chrome. This means if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, Chrome will display a ‘Not Secure’ sign in the URL bar.

What Does SSL Represent?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol that safeguards your web hosting store or login page. The Secure Sockets Layer certificates, also referred to as digital certificates, cipher the delicate data requested from website visitors such as address, date of birth, national insurance number, driving licence or debit card info, so that no one could use this information for illegal purposes.

Your site visitors can recognize a protected website by the ‘https' component at the beginning of the URL, or by the locked padlock symbol in the browser window, or by a distinctive seal on the site.

A regular digital certificates offer 256-bit encryption, and include a $10,000 USD warranty and a static site seal for your website if you purchase one.

FREE SSL Certificate

Axnhost in conjunction with Let's Encrypt is now offering FREE SSL certificates to our customers. So, sign up for a shared web hosting plan now with straight away and get a FREE SSL certificate for your domain from Let's Encrypt when you purchase a domain name and/or host your website with us.

FREE vs Paid SSL Certificates

Just like regular SSL certificates, Let’s Encrypt certificates offer basic SSL encryption, i.e. they give site visitors assurance that they are exchanging information with the domain that is visible in the address bar and that their personal data (login details, credit card information, etc.) cannot be eavesdropped. Also, Let’s Encrypt certificates are trusted by all major browsers.

If a site is using a Let’s Encrypt SSL, you will see “https://” at the beginning of the URL in your browser’s address bar, along with a green padlock. So, what Let’s Encrypt certificates offer is secure communication most site visitors will feel comfortable with. However, as a business entity you may also need a certain security guarantee against online abuses and this is where paid or commercial SSLs kick in.

The differences between a Let’s Encrypt certificate and a regular paid SSL:

  1. Warranty: Let’s Encrypt certificates do not include a warranty against misuse or mis-issuance, whereas regular SSLs do. While this may not be a problem for smaller websites, for larger organizations most probably will. Wildcard Certificates: Let’s Encrypt does not offer wildcard or multi-domain certificates, whereas traditional CAs usually do.
  2. Validity Period: Let’s Encrypt certificates are only valid for 90 days and must be renewed before they expire. Most regular SSL certificates are valid for at least one year. HTTPS site owners can also choose a longer validity period (3, 5, etc. years). On our platform, Let’s Encrypt certificates are renewed automatically, so you won’t have to worry about that.
  3. Support: Let’s Encrypt does not offer assistance with creating or installing SSL certificates. Only community help is available.This can be an issue for organizations that need to quickly equip their business sites with an SSL. However, this could be easily curbed with a quick re-generation and re-installation of the problematic Let’s Encrypt SSL.

You have a choice of a FREE SSL (just enable it in your Control Panel) or purchase a regular SSL certificate at a very affordable price here at Axnhost. So get the SSL advantage over your competitors now!