SSL Certificate Comparison Chart
As part of our commitment to our customers and the businesses they have built up, we are now offering an entry level malware scanning service via our Domain SSL, Organization SSL and Extended Validation certificates at no additional cost. Hosted on the HackAlert Cloud, a malware scan will be performed daily on up to 10 pages of your website and will notify our support department instantly if malware is detected. We will then contact you, our customer, and help you both resolve the current injection and provide advice on how to prevent it reoccurring in future. A more advanced scan is available as an upgrade during the order process.
Combined with SSL (Secure Socket Layer), our SSL certificates now both protect the data being transmitted and also help against malware infections. SSL is a must have for any type of website where private data is being submitted. Traditionally associated with online stores, SSL is also a requirement for any form submitted which contains private information.
The Secure Socket Layer protocol was created by Netscape to ensure secure transactions between web servers and browsers. The protocol uses a third party, a Certificate Authority (CA), to identify one end or both end of the transactions. This is in short how it works.
- A browser requests a secure page (usually https://)
- The web server sends its public key with its certificate.
- The browser checks that the certificate was issued by a trusted party (usually a trusted root CA), that the certificate is still valid and that the certificate is related to the site contacted.
- The browser then uses the public key, to encrypt a random symmetric encryption key and sends it to the server with the encrypted URL required as well as other encrypted http data.
- The web server decrypts the symmetric encryption key using its private key and uses the symmetric key to decrypt the URL and http data.
- The web server sends back the requested html document and http data encrypted with the symmetric key.
- The browser decrypts the http data and html document using the symmetric key and displays the information.