Understanding Web Security Certificates
A security certificate is a vital component of a web ordering system. The certificate allows for secure transmission of data between a client, or web browser, and a web server. The term SSL certificate is often used to describe a web security certificate. The SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology is no longer considered secure and the term SSL certificate is still used even though it is outdated and inaccurately reflects the technology used for most current security certificates, which is TLS (Transport Layer Security).
With HEROweb, you have several security certificate options.
- Use the default shared certificate installed on each of our servers.
- Purchase a security certificate through HEROweb and have HEROweb install it.
- Purchase your own security certificate through a third-party vendor and have HEROweb install it.
There are many vendors who provide security certificates, and quite a few levels of "strength" and protection that are offered with each type of certificate. Because there is so much terminology associated with security certificates and so many marketing approaches taken by vendors, it is sometimes difficult to determine the best and most cost-effective option.
Before you purchase a security certificate, please review and follow these steps:
- Your website already has a certificate available for your use, so it is possible that you don't need your own security certificate. A key difference is that the share security certificate utilizes the domain "https://mimosa.secure-datahost.com/" at the start of each secure page address. When you have your own certificate, it will use "https://" followed by your domain name.
- Review the security certificate costs from HEROweb, associate with having a custom security certificate.
- If you are going to purchase a certificate from a third party, you want to make sure you select a certificate that is compatible with the Apache web server running on the Red Hat Linux operating system.
- The creation of a security certificate always requires the generation of a special file called a Certificate Signing Request (CSR).
In order for HEROweb to generate a CSR for your website, please contact webhelp and provide the following information.
Hostname to use for the certificate. (Typically, this is the domain with which you want to associate the certificate. We recommend including the www.):
Country (2 letter abbrev):
State (no abbrev):
Company (the name under which your business is legally registered):
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