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Complete information on SSL certificates

SSL or Secure Socket Layer certificates are a valuable asset to any business with an Internet presence. They allow customers to make online purchases with confidence that their information is safe. Primarily, these certificates, issued by a certification authority, establish a unique encrypted electronic signature for the business. This ensures that any information transmitted from the business to a financial clearinghouse or bank is reliable. The data, sent through an encrypted packet, uses separate secure SSL certificates between servers. The higher-level certificate provides another layer of security during the transmission. The data is most vulnerable during transmission so this extra layer of security is necessary.

Verisign created the five classes or levels of security in use today. The lowest class is used by individuals in their e-mail accounts and so forth, and the highest class is used by governments all over the world. In fact, Verisign was the first certification authority, although there are other reliable authorities in business today as well. Every certification authority uses this classification system.

Obtaining an SSL Certificate

You must first acquire an electronic signature from a certification authority to get an SSL certificate. Various companies, such as Komodo, broker certificates and maintain their security. They are available in a range of prices, from free SSL certificates for a trial period to cheap SSL certificates for medium-level businesses to full-priced SSL certificates for businesses with heavy traffic. Web hosting and SSL certificates are often bundled in a package for e-commerce companies.

The application for an SSL certificate takes little time to complete. There is always a fee. Gaining an SSL certificate through an intermediary is as much a licensing agreement as it is gaining a security certificate. Any reliable provider will offer to test SSL certificates as part of your setup, to ensure that your certificates and software work properly.

You can create your own free SSL certificate, but it is a time-consuming process. Your computer will be vulnerable during testing as well. An SSL certificate company provides testing while protecting your system. Furthermore, a certificate company provides continuous upgrades to security. Security upgrades of this magnitude would require that an individual business hire a full-time employee to do nothing but monitor security. This measure, for most businesses, is not cost-effective in today’s economic landscape.

SSL Certificates or digital certificates as they are also called are used to securely process information/forms. They are shown in your web browser with an (s) attached to the URL such as https://www.georgedonathan.com.

Google has announced that going HTTPS — adding a SSL 2048-bit key certificate on your site — will give you a minor ranking boost.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Have You Been In Business?

We opened our doors in Miami, Florida Dec. 1, 1989 in a brick and mortar office with the goal of providing professional graphics.

On Dec 1, 1996, We expanded to web design and marketing. We launched our marketing website netpromotions.com first to promote small businesses on the Internet. We later launched our design website affordablewebsites.net.

Due to a personal condo fire accident to the owner, on May 1, 2007, we moved our operations to Georgia.

Do You Use WordPress?

No, we are professional designers and have no need to use these tools. These are great for some clients that have some computer or web skills, but can be very time consuming. We have used professional grade web and graphics tools since we opened our doors, currently upgrading the most current Adobe™ Creative Cloud CC, service.

What Is The Rate For A Basic Project?

The best way for us to give you an accurate rate for your project is to consult with you to discuss your needs. However, we've completed enough projects to be able to give you an idea on this website. We have packages from $500 to $5,000.

Do You Provide Any Marketing Services?

No matter how attractive your site is, it will produce nothing unless you let someone know that it's available. We’ve been providing Optimization, SEO marketing, email marketing, and Google advertising services since 1996. We have an 85-95% success rate.

How Do I Update My Website Once Completed?

This is where we excel, since we built the site, we're in the best position to update it fast and accurately. You basically have 2 main choices depending on if you require frequent or periodic changes. Either way, we can either provide those changes for you which lets you focus on your business. The other option is for us to develop and install a content management system that will let you make basic changes to pages, while preserving your overall look.

What Forms Of Payments Do You Accept?

Through Paypal, we are able to accept most major credit cards (AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, Discover) and echecks.

How Do I Get Started?

You contact us at 478-922-8979 and let us provide you with your initial free consultation. We will attempt to answer any questions you may have. Once you're comfortable with our presentation, we will email you with a simple proposal complete with a deposit link. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a "getting started' link that will provide you with the simple information you will need.

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