SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, and is used when websites request sensitive information from a visitor, like a credit card number or a password. It encrypts information sent between your website and a customers web browser so that it cannot be read as it is sent across the internet.
Depending on your browser, this will then result in a padlock being displayed in the address bar, to reassure your customers that the site is secure. Other browsers may display other icons, such as a grey padlock, depending on the type of certificate being used (we'll cover this in more detail below).
Purchasing an SSL Certificate
An SSL certificate is issued a trusted authority (certificate brands include Thawte, Comodo or Symantec) who will go through the necessary vetting to identify you, your site or your business and ensure you are who you claim. When you're approved, we then install the certificate for you.
Which brand of certificate should you go for? This is down to your preference, and whether you want a certificate that is issued by a more recognised brand such as Symantec or a more cost effective option like Comodo.
Types of SSL Certificate
In addition to the various brands available, there are also a couple types of certificate available, Standard Validation (SV) and Extended Validation (EV).
The most noticeable difference between the two from a customers point of view, is how your browser displays the certificate, here is a screenshot displaying the PayPal website (which uses an EV certificate) and the SagePay website (which uses a SV). You'll notice that EV results in a much larger and more prominent display of the certificate.
An EV certificate also displays your business name and location. This gives your customers immediate reassurance of who you are and makes it more difficult for any other sites to pass themselves off as your business.
Other difference between the two include the cost (with EV being more expensive than SV) and the vetting process, which the checks for an EV certificate being much more thorough.
SSL Certificates on Liquidshop
Liquidshop websites that use an SSL certificate can be configured to make use of the certificate on account/checkout pages only, or throughout the whole site. We offer a range of certificate brands, with both standard and extended validation.
Please contact support for more information.