Securing Your Website

Whenever you are asking for secure information over the Internet such as credit card numbers and address information, it is important you ensure a safe and secure environment for your customers.

In order for customers to trust purchasing products on your online site, you’ll need to follow the proper certification and security steps. The first thing is to obtain a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. Under the SSL certificate, there are actually two certificates you will receive—the root and server certificate. Together both of these certificates will allow your visitors to browse your site secularly.

To get the certificates you need to:

  • Go to a certificate authority SSL website (there are hundreds to choose from) and submit a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
  • Once you submit the CSR you will wait for the certificate authority to verify you have a legitimate business
  • Once you receive notice of your certificates, you upload them onto your web server

If you are unfamiliar with HTML code, and uploading certificates, many certificate authorities will upload your certifications for you. There is a fee for this, so make sure you shop around to get the best price possible.

If you are unfamiliar with the entire SSL community and finding a reputable certificate authority, you can start at websites like SSLShopper and dmoz.org to help jump start your search for certificate authorities.

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