SSL (pronounced as separate letters) short for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol developed by Netscape for transmitting private documents via the Internet. SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two keys to encrypt data - a public key known to everyone and a private or secret key known only to the recipient of the message. Firefox, Internet Explorer, and all major browsers support SSL, and most web sites use the protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as credit card numbers. SSL certificates are a must for web sites that collect confidential information and should be a requirement to protect important customer data.
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SSL Certificate Registration Service
SSL certificates are married to the server that hosts your website. BPA also has access to hosting servers so as part of a hosting package we will get the SSL certificate for you if required. At any time, if you decide to move your hosting elsewhere your new provider will need to rekey the certificate. Rekeying is done at no cost to you while your certificate is active. This is another task we do well and we will also install your certificate when setting up your web site.
SSL certificate costs vary from time to time so if determined you need one, you will be informed of the cost when you are ready to launch your site. We can get the certificate in less than 24 hours so after development of your pages in complete we can order the certificate. There are a lot of low cost certificates, some vendors wil tell you they are free but relistically, you will get what you pay for. Explaining to your customers their confidential information has been compromised will not be plesant. For this reason, we only purchase certificates from top shelf providers. Information we collect from your organization to create the certificate will be securely managed by us and only designated agents from your company will have access.
In the earlier days of the World Wide Web, 40 bit keys were used. Each bit could contain a one or a zero -- which meant there were 240 different keys available. That's a little over one trillion distinct keys. Because of the ever-increasing speed of computers, it became apparent that a 40-bit key wasn't secure enough. The keys were lengthened to 128 Bits. That's 2128 keys, or 340 trillion trillion trillion. It was determined that if computers kept advancing in speed as they have in the past, these 128-bit codes would remain secure for at least another decade, if it not longer.
An SSL certificate, or secure certificate, is a file installed on a secure Web server that identifies a website. This digital certificate establishes the identity and authenticity of the company or merchant so that online shoppers can trust that the website is secure and reliable. In order to verify that these sites are legitimate (they are who they say they are), the companies and their websites are verified by a third party, such as Verisign or Thawte. SSL certificates typically expire every one to three years.