Getting your domain protected means purchasing and installing an SSL Certificate.
1. Purchase an SSL Certificate
To get started, you need to decide what type of SSL Certificate is right for your business.
EnCirca recommends Extended Validation Certificates. EV Certificates are superior because:
- the validation is more extensive
- the customer will see that extra security in the form of a “green bar” that tells them the site is secure
In order to fully meet your needs, we also offer the following different types of certificates:
- Standard SSL Certificates – require the certificate issuer to independently verify the information concerning the applicant’s business.
- Extended Validated (EV) Certificates – the applicant’s business credentials are validated more extensively to help ensure that the applicant isn’t a phisher, spoofer, or other type of online criminal.
- Wildcard Certificates – protect multiple options of the same base domain (i.e. www.sample.insurance and directory.sample.insurance)
- SAN Certificates – protect multiple, different domains (i.e. www.sample.insurance and sample.com)
Once you’ve chosen and paid for your certificate, you need to be validated by the SSL Company.
2. Validate Your Information
You need to prove that the domain is yours and that you are a legitimate business. There are 2 steps to this process.
First, Obtain a CSR for your Domain
A CSR or Certificate Signing request is a block of encrypted text that is generated on the server that the certificate will be used on. It contains information that will be included in your certificate such as your organization name, common name (domain name), locality, and country. You may need to request this from your hosting service. For more information, see an overview here: http://esupport.trendmicro.com/solution/en-US/1097548.aspx
Then, Validate your SSL Certificate
- Login to ssl.encirca.com. On the left-hand side, you should see a list of your orders.
- Click on the “Generate Cert Now” button. You will be redirected to the SSL vendor’s site, where you can enter information, including:
- csr document
- domain name
- whois contact email
- Once your information is entered, you will receive a confirmation. You may also receive a validation email or phone call from the SSL certificate vendor (ie Geotrust or Symantec)
3. Install your SSL Certificate
After the verification process is completed, you should receive your SSL Certificate by email. This cert should be given to your hosting provider to install and check. You may also be given a logo to place on your site to verify its security.