What Are SSL Certificates
SSL Certificates are data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to a website’s server. When installed, it activates the padlock and the https protocol while providing secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure data transfers, contact forms, login details as well as credit card transactions. As of April 2018, Google has announced that sites without an SSL certificate will be penalized with a warning notice that users will see alerting them to the website being unsecured and vulnerable to identity theft and hackers.
For professional practices such as attorneys, dentists, chiropractors, accountants and so forth, SSL Certificates are critical to security as they bind together your website’s domain address, the server the site is hosted on, as well as the actual identity of the organization. This prevents information from being stolen during a users interaction with your website, your passwords being intercepted by hackers when you login to the back end, as well as ensures that a hacker or criminal party cannot impersonate your website in order to trick your clients into submitting private information.
External Reading Links ( new window will open )
CARTER LEDYARD & MILBURN LLP – Cybersecurity: Regulatory and Litigation Consequences of a Data Breach
FORBES: Chrome Will Soon Warn You About Unsecure Websites. Should You Be Concerned?
As of October 2017, Google, which controls over 60% of the browser market, start labeling sites without a valid SSL certificate with a non-secure warning. Google has since set a deadline of April 2018 before a full-fledged warning will appear on your site if there is no SSL installed. This warning will look like this
In addition, attempts to enter information into forms on your page/s will be labeled as insecure and the user will be warned not to interact with your website with a message similar to this.
This Chrome browser warning will instruct users of your site that they should use caution interacting with it as it is not compliant with standard data security protocol – and subsequently should not trust your practice/business.
Installing an SSL on Your Server
You can install your own SSL certificate if you have an understanding of technical elements of a server and the C-panel environment. In addition, you should be able to edit your site’s source code including PHP, JAVA and HTML to reflect any direct reference to the HTTP protocal being changed to the HTTPS secure protocol.
Installing an SSL on your server is a three-part process that can become complicated in the event of your website drawing from resources that are not secure despite your SSL being in good standing.
These steps are as follows.
- The purchase of a valid SSL Certificate.
- Installation and activation of the certificate on your domain on your server.
- Site audit that all pages and components of your website are now secure.
Point three is where most problems occur with SSL installation as the sites. If you have attempted to install an SSL certificate and crashed your site, please contact our support team and we can help fix the problem/s.
NOTE: Google has announced that in September of 2017, the Symantec SSL certificates are no longer going to be accepted as safe . If your current developer installed a Symantec SSL, you will need to remove the certificate and reinstall a correct certificate. https://security.googleblog.com/2017/09/chromes-plan-to-distrust-symantec.html
Senvira Security Certificate Services
We provide expert SSL installation and management services to clients across the world. For many of our clients, the entire spectrum of website security can be intimidating, and in many cases, their website developer or IT person is not knowledgeable enough on the subject to install, implement and maintain the right certificate. There are several types of certificates that are applicable to each industry and website, and selecting the right protocol and SSL solution is critical to actual protection rather than just visually appearing to be protected.
Risk and Liability to Your Organization
Having no SSL certificate or the incorrect certificate installed can be an extreme liability to your practice or organization. If in the case your site was breached by a hacker, and a client or customer was subsequently attacked due to your website’s neglect, you can become liable for any damages including being named in a class action lawsuit if the data breach was large enough.
60% of all businesses and professional practices close within 6 months of experiencing a data breach.
Federal, Provincial and State law mandates that you must contact anyone who possibly has had their data stolen or intercepted within a specific period of time. This, in turn, will end up leaking to the press as well as onto social media, and can destroy a practice’s reputation literally overnight as they get labeled as an organization that should not be trusted to protect their user’s private information.
In the case of a lawsuit from a data breach, a website having no SSL protection is essential without a defense as it is a clear indication to a judge that there was no attempt to protect user data.
All Senvira SSL Certificates include a $250,000 liablity coverage.
SSL Management Costs
Senvira can install an SSL certificate and manage its function for you. The cost is variable depending on the level of certificate you require, as well as the time required to ensure your site is functioning correctly after the certificate installation.
Our service provides you an entire turnkey SSL solution that removes all guesswork from the equation. We take the time to assess your industry, your current site, and your security needs. We then ensure the right classification of certificate is installed and functions correctly.
Please contact our SSL team at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free consultation regarding your SSL security needs or call us at 780-800-4849. Our team will assess your needs and provide you a custom tailored solution to your organizational needs for both today and moving forward to the future.
For Current 2018 SSL Certificate Installation Fees, visit this page here.