Cybersalad.net and SSL
Secure Sockets Layer ( SSL ) is a protocol for encrypting
internet transmissions. It relies upon keys and key authenticating
agents. A typical scenario might be an order form containing passwords
or credit card numbers. When the shopper clicks a submit button
pointing to a SSL encrypted web server ( https://etc ) a handshake
occurs wherein the client is handed a certificate from the server
and checks this certificate with a third party certificate authority
(CA). After the server ( and optionally the client ) is verified
an encrypted connection is setup between the two machines.
You have three basic options if you require https
for your site.
- Use a self signed cert. This is only desirable if the audience
of the service does not mind having their browser freak out about
the cert. The user will have to go through a few steps in order
for the browser to agree to work with the cert. This is not going
to work well with a public order form!
- Use our thawte ( one of the best CAs ) signed certs. Many of
our customers opt for this as it is easy and inexpensive and their
visitors browsers will not complain at all. With this option you
end up with URLs like https://secure.cybersalasd.net/yoursite/yourpage.html.
- Get your own cert signed by a CA. With this option your URL
would be https://yourdomain/etc and so long as you choose a legitimate
CA your visitors browser will behave. Currently costs are range
from $150 - $350 a year at reputable CAs. Cybersalad.net will
assist customers in generating initial certs, installation of
final cert, and give support during the application phase. Cybersalad.net
is a thawte hosting partner and can handle the complete process
for customers wishing to have their own thawte signed cert.
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