Ordering your own SSL certificate

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a method of ensuring that information submitted through your Web site is secure and cannot be accessed by unauthorized users. When a site offers an SSL-secured form, the information submitted via that form (typically credit card information) is encrypted using a special "certificate key" and then decrypted with another key after it has been transmitted. When users access a site secured with SSL using either Netscape or Internet Explorer, a symbol displays in their browser windows indicating that the site is secure.

An SSL Certificate, or a digital certificate, is an electronic document that contains the information necessary to establish a secure SSL connection. When used in credit card transactions, the Web site collecting the credit card information and the site to which the information is being transmitted must both have an SSL Certificate.

A shared SSL certificate is included automatically with all of NetNation's ecommerce plans. While a shared SSL certificate does provide for secure online transactions, it is not in your company's name; when visitors to your site choose to view the certificate, they will see NetNation's name on the certificate.

You can, however, order your own SSL certificate. If you have your own SSL certificate, it will list your domain name. Additionally, the lock icon will display in the lower corner of the browser to assure your visitors that the site is secure. If the user double-clicks the lock icon, they will see information about your site. When you order an SSL certificate, you can select from a number of different certificate types.

AccountManager's Ecommerce Manager makes it easy for you to order your own certificate.

To order you own SSL certificate:

  1. In AccountManager, click Ecommerce to display the Ecommerce Manager.
  2. Click Order Your Own SSL Certificate. The SSL Certificates page appears.
  3. Complete the form and carefully review conditions and pricing information.
  4. Click Order Certificate.

Upon approval of your application, the certificate authority will issue the certificate and will send it to NetNation for installation on your Web site. If your application is declined for any reason, both you and NetNation will be notified.