As a website owner, the security of your website is of utmost importance. An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate ensures and authenticates a website by encrypting the data within your website’s network basically your computer and the end destination server.
OpenSSL is a powerful toolkit for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) and licensed under an Apache-style license. SSL widely known as Secure Socket Layer is the security protocol that encrypts the links between your web server and browser, securing it. To create the SSL connection your web servers needs an activated SSL certificate. and, you can easily install it. Typically once you activate your SSL certificate, ‘HTTP’ changes to ‘HTTPS’ in the URL, securing your website.
In this post, I’ll be covering how you can enable SSL on your cPanel using WHM.
To install SSL on your cPanel when you have root access to your server (Dedicated Hosting and VPS Hosting) you need to follow the following steps,
1. Login to your WHM root account and select SSL/TLS which is available to the cPanel users
2. Next step would be to generate the SSL Certificate, private key and CSR (Certificate Signing Requests), the Private Key is set to 2048 bits as it is the recommended size.
3. Once the certificate is generated, a copy of it will be sent to you via email too. To activate the certificate you need to install it. You can either paste the certificate or browse it and upload it automatically.
4. Reload your website to check if the certificate is installed. If it is, you’ll see https instead of http in your url.
Enabling SSL on cPanel using WHM full root access is a simple process and enabling it assures your customers that both your website and business are secure as well as genuine.
One of our previous posts covered the advantages of buying a Digital Certificate – through confidentiality, message integrity, non-repudiation, and authentication techniques (to name a few), Digital Certificates play a vital role in adding credibility and trust to your Brand. All this, of course, depends largely on the brand of Digital Certificate that is being used as well! We have that’s why tied up with the very best in the industry- Thawte. It is a Verisign Product and by far the most recognized Digital Certificate Brand out there. What’s more, the prices at which these are being offered to you are not only competitive but possibly the lowest out there. Many of your Customers though might not have made optimum use of these premium Digital Certificates (Thawte) that you offer them with – wonder why?
Buying the right Digital Certificate is not enough. The effectiveness of a Digital Certificate largely depends on the page that you install it on. So the next time you have a Customer who is not too satisfied with his Digital Certificate’s performance, it is probably because it’s not installed on the right page. Here are a few handy tips that you could give him:
It is a must to encrypt sensitive login credentials that are entered on the Login Page. A website that does not have a Digital Certificate installed on the Login Page is at risk of the client’s data being illegally accessed. Furthermore, with browsers getting smarter, for any page that asks for information and doesn’t have a Digital Certificate, the browser throws up a security message.
Even with the internet gaining so much popularity, there will always be a little hesitation when entering Credit Card information online. And during the purchase process, if the browser pops up a security warning, most users will stop right there and not end up buying the product! Statistics indicate that over 60 percent of shoppers do not complete the shopping process that they begin. Yes, there are various factors that contribute to this, however, a Digital Certificate on the payment page is the easiest and the most critical solution for reducing Shopping Cart Abandonment.
Any page that asks for email addresses:
Spam or unsolicited emails are doing around of the internet like never before. Customers are vary of giving their email addresses simply because they don’t want their email address being accessed by spammers. And not having a Digital Certificate on a page that asks for email addresses puts your Customer at a risk of their email address being accessed.
Another important point that your Customer can do is place the Digital Certificate seal throughout the Website, or at least on important pages like the Homepage. This assures the visitors that the site is authentic and business intentions are genuine.
They may seem quite simple but more often than usual, these important tips are ignored. And yes they do make a vast difference when implemented accurately.
Would you part with sensitive information like credit card details or your social security number, without any assurance that the information will be kept confidential? Neither would I, especially in an online environment.
So how does an entrepreneur gain the trust and confidence of his customers? Especially if he wants to boost his sales and cater to a larger market, without having to spend too much time and effort in building a trustworthy brand.
Various studies have revealed that a lot of customers abandon a site for lack of security. The smaller the company, the greater is the customers’ concern. Surely, nobody would knowingly want to turn away a potential customer. To get a step closer towards building a brand that is trusted, a wise choice would be to invest in a Digital Certificate…
An estimated 59.8% of online shoppers abandon their purchase process resulting in a loss of a substantial amount of money.* When it comes to parting with sensitive information, Digital Certificates have the highest scope to minimize Shopping Cart Abandonment, especially during the check-out process. Simply because it is widely known that Digital Certificates encrypt the sensitive information entered, making it unintelligible to all but the parties involved. Thus, increasing the motivation for customers to shop online. Another important thing that Digital Certificates do, especially nowadays with advanced browsers, prevents a ‘security pop-up’ from appearing during the purchase process.
This is precisely why Digital Certificates have become such an important aspect of every online business.
Looking at it from a Reseller’s perspective… the market is huge, the time is perfect and the prices don’t get better… I won’t deny that the premium brands of Digital Certificates come at a steep price (if you chose another Service Provider). At ResellerBytes, you will find Thawte Digital Certificates – A Verisign Product; the only difference being the prices are much lower than what Thawte themselves offer, or anyone else for that matter. The “trusted seal” logo that comes with Thawte Digital Certificates will be positioned on the website, thus escalating the brand worth in the minds of the customers many times over.
P.S. Do go through our revamped Digital Certificate page where you may have many of your queries addressed.
SSL branding is synchronous with Trust. It’s been repeated time and again that customers will definitely not doubt your ‘sincerity to do business’ once they see you have certified and secured your website with a SSL certificate. Which directly translates to – using a trusted Certification Authority is essential for an effective Online Business.
As we have a recently posted about How to Secure Website Application & Server Level and more secure with EV SSL Certificates. Purchasing from proven, established vendors, specially in case of security products such as Digital Certificates, brings up the inevitable – How do I choose a SSL Certification Authority (CA) that my customers will Trust?
There are several things that buyers should look for when purchasing a certificate:
Reputation and Credibility of the CA
How long have they been in business?
Ubiquity of the Root
Is it embedded in all of the popular browsers?
Root is owned by the CA
And not chained like Third Party SSL certificates.
Lifecycle Management Tools
How easy is it to install, renew, reinstall and revoke if compromised.
Ease of Acquiring the certificate
For instance, Thawte provides their esteemed list of clients, that include Google, 3M Company, Honda Canada, Hershey, American Airlines, Credit Suisse Group, among others, with Root Certificates.
Removing all elements of doubt, Thawte has obtained the Trust Factor by successfully implementing the highest encryption and authentication standards recognized today.
With a scope of Security that have propelled and are yet to dispatch, we’ve at last included that additional “oomph” to our site security items. The truth is stranger than fiction, the most broadly asked for variation of SSL Certificates is at last live on ResellerBytes! Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) Certificate, the most elevated accessible level of trust and verification for a site is presently on the ResellerBytes platform.
What is EV SSL?
It’s the highest class of SSL available. Extended Validation provides the highest encryption level available and enables the organization behind a website to present its own verified identity to website visitors. Obtaining an EV certificate requires verification of the requesting entity’s identity by a certificate authority (CA). A distinctive color, usually green, in the address bar indicates that the website has a valid EV certificate and instills confidence in the customer to complete the transaction.
- An EV SSL Certificate provides the strongest encryption level available
- It enables the website to present its own verified identity to the visitors
- The green address bar provides immediate trust and helps customer conversion
Why Comodo EV SSL
- 2048-bit, High Assurance SSL Certificate, with 99.9% Browser Recognition
- Priority Phone Support
- Free Comodo Trust Logo for unlimited server licenses
- $1,750,000 relying party warranty
Websites that require identity assurance, online payment provisions (let’s take a major bank or a financial institution as an example) will surely need high-level data encryption since they highly targeted by phishing attacks.
With the ResellerBytes advantage, you get:
- A 30-day money back guarantee – We offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all shared hosting accounts. If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, we’ll give you a full refund
- 24/7 support – All plans include our true round-the-clock support. It doesn’t matter if it’s 3AM or the middle of your business day
- 99.9% uptime – Fully backed by our SLA, we promise you at least 99.9% uptime as part of our service guarantee
A Comodo EV SSL certificate will enhance the trust between your customers and their visitors by showing a visible secure sign, the green browser address bar as mentioned above. The green bar, exclusive to EV SSL certificates, assures website visitors that they are transacting business on a highly secured, trustworthy domain. Thus, combining EV SSL certificates with your clients’ websites will not only fortify their online presence but also rake in higher conversions and repeat business!