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SSL renewal – The Complete Guide to Renewing Your Certificate

Renewing your SSL certificate on time is as important as securing your website for the first time. An expired certificate is one of the most common causes of SSL connection errors. In this article, we'll show you how to renew your SSL cert hassle-free so that your website remains protected around the clock. Before we [...]

How much does an SSL certificate cost in 2022?

It's 2022, and the online world is now a much more significant and accepted part of our lives. Digital transformation is ubiquitous, making the Web more accessible and secure. Most industry analyst firms conclude that 80-90 percent of network traffic is encrypted today. SSL certificates have become an essential element of any website, regardless of [...]

Can a Wildcard Certificate Secure Second-Level Subdomains?

SSL certificates can secure websites of any size and complexity. Since HTTPS became a requirement, more users have learned how to install and manage SSL certs on different platforms. However, the less tech-savvy folks face stern challenges when the multi-level subdomains come into the equation. Unlike single websites that use a one-domain certificate, you can [...]

Sectigo vs DigiCert – What Differentiates the Leading CAs

Sectigo and DigiCert are two standout SSL brands that top the market share for commercial Certificate Authorities. Both offer full-fledged encryption solutions and a wide range of products to meet different needs. While DigiCert focuses exclusively on the high-assurance market, Sectigo has an SSL certificate for everyone, regardless of size, niche, and budget. New SSL [...]

9 Best Practices for Securing E-Commerce Payments

E-commerce retailers deal with an average of 206,000 web attacks per month. That’s 5 attacks per minute. Blocking the onslaught of cyber criminals is a top priority for every online store. According to Merchant Savvy, global payments fraud has tripled, rising from $9.84 billion in 2011 to $32.39 billion in 2020. It is projected to [...]

Business Email Compromise – Spot and Prevent BEC Attacks

The Internet has become the driving engine of interaction between companies and customers, with email remaining the most popular tool for formal business communication. Unfortunately, it's also the most fragile way to exchange messages and sensitive data. Email is prone to phishing, and spam attacks, with Business Email Compromise (BEC) causing heavy financial losses and [...]

The Secure Way to Send Documents Via Email

Email remains the most valuable communication channel for businesses of all sizes and the most effective way to engage with your audience. Unfortunately, it is also an easy target for cybercriminals. Business Email Compromise earned hackers $2.4 billion in 2021.  Since email is one of the least secure digital operations, companies don't help themselves by [...]

A Non-Technical Guide to SHA 256 Algorithm

A common specification of all SSL certificates, irrespective of brand, price, and type, is the SHA 256 algorithm. You will see a mention of it in the certificate’s details or the features listed on the product’s information. For non-techies, SHA 256 is usually a complete mystery. In this article, we want to show you what [...]

Seven Bulletproof Ways to Protect Sensitive Data

In the digital age, data is the new gold. Most businesses collect and store customer data to understand behavior and tendencies and provide a personalized experience. Experts estimate that in 2022, the world will produce and consume 94 zettabytes (87544322013855,12 gigabytes) of data.  Sensitive information is just a droplet in the vast ocean of Internet [...]

What is Port 443, And How to Enable It?

When you install an SSL certificate, one of the steps is to select port 443 - the default port for the HTTPS connection. But what exactly does a port do? And why it's numbered like that? This article provides the answers. What is a port? In simple terms, a port in networking is a software-defined [...]

An Introduction to Cybersecurity Awareness

In 2021, the Chinese hacking group Hafnium found vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange that gave them access to the email accounts of at least 30,000 organizations in the U.S. and 250,000 globally.  A year before, SolarWinds, a major US information technology firm, was the victim of a massive cyberattack that went undetected for months. Hackers, allegedly [...]

LEI Code – The Fastest Way to get a BV or EV SSL Certificate

SSL certificates are now an essential element of every site. They keep sensitive data safe, verify website ownership, convey trust to users, and prevent phishing attacks. On top of that, all browsers require SSL and flag unencrypted sites as not secure if they don’t have a valid certificate. In this article, we'll show you how [...]

What is an LEI Code and Who Needs It?

Our world is digitally interconnected, with million of international transactions occurring every day. Today, global trade and financial markets are safer than ever. The strict regulations have increased transparency and reduced illicit activities to a minimum, but it wasn’t always this way. At the dawn of the 21st century, businesses and customers couldn’t always establish [...]

Latest Web Hosting Stats and Trends for 2022

The total number of websites is fast approaching the 2 billion mark. With the online landscape becoming increasingly dominant in every facet of our lives, web hosting holds the entire Internet together, allowing us to carry on with business seamlessly. An industry that didn’t even exist before the advent of the World Wide Web is [...]

A Guide to IoT Device Certificates

Advanced technology has brought joy and convenience into our lives, and the Internet powers the world of trade and information. Over 4.6 billion people use the Web to study, work and communicate with each other, but we’re not the only ones. Right next to us, a rapidly growing network of electronic devices collects and transfers [...]

The Guide To Electronic Signatures

Electronic signatures or e-signatures have become second nature to how we attach identity to documents in the present time. Almost everyone has heard about e-signatures, and many are using them in various fields of life and business every day. Jurisdictions like Europe, China, and the U.S. have legislation that regulates the use of electronic signatures [...]

How to Use Code Signing Certificates the Right Way?

Code Signing certificates are a must for code publishers. With so many digital programs available to download, protecting users from malware and viruses is a prerequisite for any successful IT company or independent developer. Code Signing certs prove the identity of software’s creators and ensure that no one can alter the original code without being [...]

Document Signing – a must-have for modern businesses

The days of pagers and fax machines are long gone. Snail mail has also greatly diminished, and even wet signatures are becoming old-fashioned. The digital revolution has transformed the very fabric of how we connect, interact, and conduct business. And, if we’re not keeping pace with the latest trends and advancements, we inevitably fall behind.  [...]

The checklist for installing an SSL certificate

SSL certificates have become an essential security element of every website. Whether you have just a blog or a large business site, HTTPS encryption is now mandatory for everyone. If you don’t add an SSL certificate to your site, browsers will mark it as not secure. Moreover, your website won’t appear on search engine results [...]

Best Practices to Store the Private Key

The SSL/TLS protocol uses a pair of cryptographic keys - one public and one private to secure and authenticate connections. These keys are generated together as a pair and work in tandem during the TLS handshake process. The public key is used to encrypt, and a private key is used to decrypt the data. While [...]

What is a Dedicated IP Address and Why You May Need One?

When you sign up for a hosting account, most providers will host your site on a shared IP address, especially if you’re on shared hosting.  However, they'll offer you a dedicated IP either via an upsell during the initial order or as an option in your hosting panel. In this article, we’ll explain what a [...]

What is a CA Bundle and Where to Find It?

When you install an SSL certificate, your server may ask to import a CA Bundle along with your primary certificate. Here’s where users usually encounter difficulties. They either don’t know where to find the CA bundle or struggle to create it. CA Bundle is the file that contains root and intermediate certificates. Together with your [...]

Top 10 Stats About SSL Certificates

SSL certificates have come a long way since the early days of HTTPS adoption. A decade ago, only large companies and shopping sites required encryption. SSL certs were expensive and riddled with security vulnerabilities. Today, encryption is mandatory for all websites, regardless of type and size. With more users than ever sharing sensitive data online, [...]

What are HIPAA-compliant SSL Certificates?

SSL certificates have become an integral part of the web. Now, it is more important than ever to secure sensitive communications and protect users’ privacy online. In a world that is rapidly shifting to an even more accentuated digital landscape, adhering to the best security practices is a must for every industry. The medical field, [...]

What is a CAA Record and How Does it Work?

The world of Certificate Authorities is strictly regulated. It takes massive technical and financial effort to fulfill all auditing requirements. Even so, getting trusted by browsers and operating systems is the easiest part. Maintaining trust online is the real challenge. There’s a reason why most innovative companies, including 89% of the Fortune 500 and 97 [...]

The History of Certificate Authorities

Certificate Authorities (CAs) are trusted entities that issue public digital certificates, which confirm the identities of the certificate owners. CAs play a fundamental role in establishing trust and secure communications between browsers and servers, by verifying that the client or organization in question is indeed who they claim to be. Anyone can become a CA [...]

The evolution of SSL Certificates over the last 20 years

When John Wainwright, a computer scientist based in Silicon Valley, ordered the first-ever book on Amazon, the last thing he could have imagined is having a building named after him. But that’s exactly how much the biggest retailer on the planet values its first-ever non-employee customer. In a gigantic leap from the late nineties when the [...]

How SSL & PKI Secures Your Company in 2020 and Beyond?

It’s been a challenging 2020 so far. The COVID 19 pandemic has sent the entire planet into chaos. With brick and mortar businesses struggling to stay afloat, the online world has taken the center stage now. The lockdown and social distancing have forced companies to shift their operations from offices to a home environment. For [...]

How to Avoid Email Phishing Once and for All?

Phishing is one of the oldest tricks in online scammers’ books. It obtains sensitive information such as login credentials, username passwords, and credit card details from the unsuspecting victims by impersonating a trustworthy entity. Why spend countless hours on breaking highly secure systems, when a well-crafted email can persuade the target to voluntarily handle everything [...]

How to fix the SSL mixed content error?

Website encryption is all but mandatory in today’s Internet. If you don’t encrypt your site, browsers will mark it as not secure. You could have the most original content on the web, but without SSL, your visitors will see an off-putting security warning instead. SSL certificates have become essential to website building, but managing them [...]

SSL Resellers vs Hosting Providers – Where to Buy?

SSL certificates have become a necessity for all types of websites. From small blogs to large e-commerce enterprises, everyone needs SSL to secure visitors’ sensitive data and remain accessible via popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.  In this article we'll show you where to buy an SSL certificate so you can save money [...]

HTTPS vs VPN – Do you need VPN if you use HTTPS?

VPN and HTTPS are two important technologies for online protection. Many users ask which one is better, but comparing them is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are great tools to use, but for different reasons. Best of all, they complement each other, so you can use both for a better browsing experience on the [...]

Why So Many SSL Certificates Are Technically the Same?

SSL certificates are easy to understand on the surface, but when new users start to drill in a little, they’re left with more questions than answers. First, they discover that the SSL acronym is just branding, and the correct technical name is TLS certificates. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an old cryptographic protocol no longer [...]

Three Reasons Why You Should Get an EV SSL – Case Studies

Do you run an online store and want to improve conversion rates? Are you a financial institution looking to boost customers’ trust? Do you want the best SSL security for your organization? All business owners, regardless of their niche aim to gain an advantage over the competition, and more often than not, the smallest details [...]

What is the best SSL certificate depending on the website type?

SSL certificates are a core element of website building. Along with getting a domain name and a reliable hosting provider, installing an SSL certificate is a priority for anyone who wants to build a successful website. Today, Chrome and Firefox, one of the most popular browsers, flag unencrypted sites as not secure. To visitors, this means [...]

SSL without a domain name – is it possible?

Every website needs an SSL certificate these days to remain accessible via Chrome or Firefox. But can you get SSL  without a domain name? Yes, you can! Instead of securing a domain, you can encrypt a public IP address.  Just like with regular certificates, you have a couple of validations options (DomainValidation and Business Validation). [...]

Can a non-technical person install an SSL certificate?

So you bought an SSL certificate and are eager to install it? Congratulations, you’re one step closer to a secure website. Protecting visitors’ sensitive data is of paramount importance. With online cyber-threats on the rise, encrypting your site is the least you can do for your audience. Getting an SSL certificate is quick and easy [...]

Do all SSL Certificates have the same SSL security strength?

SSL certificates have taken the web by storm. Today, sites of all sizes need an SSL certificate to secure sensitive data and stay relevant in search engines. No HTTPS means no protection and visibility. Whether it’s just a blog or a complex e-commerce platform, SSL certificates are a core element of successful website building. When it [...]

When HTTPS Doesn’t Mean Safe – A Thumbs Down to Free SSL

Over 90% of web traffic across Google is now over HTTPS. In other words, for every 10 websites people visit via Chrome using Windows, only one is not secure. This in itself is a remarkable achievement, since just five years ago, only half of the web had been using HTTPS. SSL certificates have become the norm, [...]

5 Times When Big Companies Let Their SSL Certificates Expire

In theory, SSL certificates are easy to manage. You install them on your server, then periodically use special tools to monitor potential SSL vulnerabilities, and once in a year or two, you renew your certs. Seems straightforward when you have just one or a few certificates to look after. You can set a reminder for [...]

10 Reasons Your Website Needs an SSL Certificate

SSL certificates have taken the web by storm. Only a few years ago, half of the Internet was unsecured. Today, the most optimistic reports claim that web encryption has surpassed the 90% mark. And while this may be the case across Google services, other studies paint a different picture. According to 101domains, less than 1 [...]

What is a Multi-Domain Wildcard Certificate?

SSL certificates are in high demand right now. Since Chrome and other popular browsers began flagging HTTP websites as Not Secure, installing an SSL certificate has become all but mandatory. From small blogs to massive e-commerce sites, everyone is switching to HTTPS to protect sensitive data in transit. With so many different websites to encrypt, [...]

What is OCSP Stapling and How to Use It?

SSL certificates can flawlessly secure sensitive data and provide bulletproof encryption to your online customers. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong with a certificate, it leads to big trouble. Browsers flag your website as Not Secure, you lose visitors, and to make things worse, cyber-thieves can use MITIM attacks to steal personal information. A valid SSL [...]

What is SNI (Server Name Indication) and how does it work?

Learning about SSL certificates and the underlying technology behind them is like sightseeing a new city and discovering smaller, less known attractions. Often you find an interesting building and wonder what’s in there? The same applies to Server Name Indication. You may have bumped into the SNI acronym on a web security forum or an [...]

What is new in TLS 1.3? A quick overview

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is the cryptographic protocol that provides communication security to all modern websites. First released in 1999 as an upgrade to now-deprecated SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0 evolved into TLS 1.1 and then, in 2008, into the current TLS 1.2 version. While TLS 1.2 has been an enormous success over the last ten years, [...]

What is OpenSSL and how it works?

SSL certificates are in high demand now. The encryption landscape has changed dramatically since Google launched the “HTTPS Everywhere” campaign. First, they gave an SEO boost as an incentive to install digital certificates, and later, Chrome made HTTPS all but mandatory for everyone. If you don’t use an SSL certificate, popular browsers such as Chrome [...]

Shared vs Private SSL Certificates – What’s the difference?

If you’re new to SSL certificates, they may seem quite puzzling at first. The SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) has long been replaced by the more secure TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol, yet the old "SSL" acronym is still in use. All SSL certificates issued by trusted CAs offer the same level of encryption, but some [...]

What Are the Best SSL Management Practices in 2021?

SSL certificates have become an essential security element of any website. Long gone are the days when only e-commerce stores and financial institutions were using them. Today, even a basic website requires a digital certificate so it can work properly and do well in a competitive niche.  According to Google, more than 95% of the [...]

Root vs Intermediate Certificates – What is the difference?

At first glance, an SSL certificate seems straightforward. You install it on your server to secure your visitors’ sensitive data, and it works flawlessly until expiration. Most of the web owners rarely delve deeper into SSL/TLS technical aspects. They let professionals handle the certificate configuration and renewal. Many won't even care about the difference between [...]

More than Half of the Phishing Sites Use Free SSL Certificates

Phishing is one of the oldest scams in internet history, yet more than half of phishing sites use free SSL certificates trusted by every browsers and platform. Easy to implement, and extremely effective, phishing has survived the advancement of web security and is getting more sophisticated by the day. Phishing uses manipulation and deception techniques [...]

What happens when an SSL certificate expires?

In the grand scheme of things, SSL certificates have a relatively short lifespan. They can protect your website for up to two years before expiring. The imperative thing is to not miss the expiration deadline. If you don’t renew your certificate on time, prepare for the worst – the dreaded security warning message on your [...]

Multi-Domain vs. Wildcard SSL certificates – What is the difference?

Among all types of SSL certificates, Multi-Domain and Wildcard ones generate the most questions from the new users. While regular SSL certs secure just the main domain and are pretty easy to understand, Multi-Domain and Wildcard products are in a different class: more powerful, more flexible, and more expensive than their single-domain counterparts. Because both [...]

What is the best SSL Certificate for WordPress?

After Chrome and other browsers began flagging HTTP websites as “Not Secure”, the number of HTTPS websites has dramatically increased. And, with WordPress being by far the most popular CMS with a 60% market share, it’s currently witnessing a massive HTTPS migration. If you still haven’t encrypted your WP site, or you’re launching a brand [...]

A complete guide to SSL Certificate formats and conversion tools

It’s fairly easy to understand what an SSL certificate is and how it works. But when it comes to installing it on a server, sometimes, it may seem that you’re dealing with rocket science. With so many SSL certificate formats tied to specific server requirements, you’re more likely to get confused and frustrated rather than [...]

The Best SSL Certificates to Secure Emails and Documents

Your email is a sacred place. Whether personal or business, it oversees and stores the most intimate conversations, confidential correspondence, private documents, and favorite newsletters. Unfortunately, many users don’t pay much attention to email security and don’t use SSL Certificates to secure emails and documents. Cyber threats riddle the online world, email accounts being the [...]

SSL and TLS certificates – What is the difference?

You may have noticed that some resources refer to SSL certificates using the term TLS certificates. This new security protocol raised some questions regarding the secure encryption between users’ browsers and website’s servers. This article will clarify the difference between these two protocols and will explain whether you should worry about your SSL certificate or [...]

How to increase customer trust of your web store?

Trust is the foundation of any relationship. It is especially important in business. On the Internet, customers will buy only from the websites and brands that they trust. Every new web store has to pass through many steps to become a reliable and trustworthy website. An online business has to work with both, customers and [...]

How to Move a PrestaShop Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

PrestaShop is a popular, open-source e-commerce platform empowering small, medium, and large online stores. It’s packed with hundreds of free features such as a website builder, store templates, and payment modules. More than 270,000 e-commerce vendors use PrestaShop to sell their products online. By being open-source, PrestaShop benefits from superior security, transparency, and adaptability over [...]

Who Regulates Certificate Authorities?

A Certificate Authority (CA) is an entity that is trusted to sign a digital certificate. At SSL Dragon we always recommend buying an SSL Certificate from a reputable CA because it adheres to the highest encryption standards and security protocols. But if they are responsible for verification, approval, and revocation of SSL Certificates, who regulates Certificate Authorities? [...]

What Is the Best SSL Certificate for a Startup?

All entrepreneurs want to get their startup off to a flying start.And while obtaining plenty of funding is everyone’s main priority in the early development stages, focusing on seemingly small things can make a big difference. One such thing is an SSL Certificate, and in this article you will learn what is the best SSL [...]

Top 5 SSL Certificate Providers to Secure Your Website

SSL Certificates are a hot topic right now. With more people than ever choosing to secure their websites, you don’t want to be left behind. Today, getting an SSL Certificate is easy, but finding the best SSL Certificate providers may be trickier than expected. With so many Certificate Authorities on the market offering different types [...]

Top 4 Code Signing SSL Certificates

There is no better way to secure the software you create than to digitally sign it with a Code Signing SSL Certificate. Not only you maintain content authenticity, but also protect your integrity, and offer assurance to the end-users that your downloadable product is safe to use. In an online environment full of malicious hackers and [...]

SSL Traffic – Do all SSL Certificates handle large volumes of visits?

When it comes to choosing the SSL Certificate that covers your needs best, it is very important to focus on how many users will access and use your website. When we say “users”, we don’t refer just to your occasional visitors, but to permanent customers. They will create accounts and use them in order to benefit [...]

SSL on Shared Hosting – Why It Might Not Work

SSL Certificates are a mandatory security tool that every serious website must use. Whether it’s just a personal blog or a massive online store, having a secure connection makes it almost impossible for cybercriminals to intercept and steal sensitive data. Moreover, browsers flag all unencrypted sites as not secure, so you have no choice but [...]

How to Quickly Evaluate SSL Certificate Companies

So, you’ve finally decided to install a brand new SSL Certificate on your website. That’s great news for your site and visitors. All you have to do now is pick an SSL provider (Certificate Authority), and you’re on the way to better security and a higher level of trust. Unfortunately, choosing the right Certificate Authority [...]

How to properly configure SSL Certificates and why it matters?

When you buy an SSL Certificate, you will probably ask your developer friend or a system engineer to install it. Alternatively, you can install it yourself with help of SSL installation tutorials. No matter who configures the SSL Certificate on your websites and servers, we strongly recommend you to double-check if it works the right way. [...]

How to Move a Magento Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

Magento is a leading eCommerce platform, and CMS software built on open source technology. It empowers over 200,000 online retailers to date and is growing by the year. One of every four online businesses uses Magento to sell products and services through the internet. As powerful as it is, Magento alone can’t fully optimize your [...]

How to Move a Joomla Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

Joomla is an open-source, award-winning content management system used all over the world to power personal blogs, e-commerce platforms, government websites, and any other kind of web project. Joomla’s highly flexible core framework helps novice users to easily set up and manage their sites. It also allows experienced developers to create sophisticated systems, and tap [...]

How to Move a Drupal Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

Drupal is one of the most powerful content management systems available today. Used by millions of websites, both large and small, this open-source platform is highly scalable and lightning fast. If your website runs on Drupal, you’re in very good company. The White House, Australian Government, The Weather Channel, and NBC, are just a few [...]

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing with SSL Certificates

SSL Certificates are selling like hotcakes nowadays. As more and more websites become secure, the entire online landscape is changing right in front of our eyes. With over 90% of traffic now being encrypted, you obviously don’t want to be left behind. When you finally decide to add an SSL certificate to your website, you [...]

A technical overview of how SSL certificates work

Starting with the moment when Google introduced its campaign called “HTTPS Everywhere”, almost all website owners are talking about SSL certificates. But the fact is that the SSL encryption is still a mystery for many Internet users. In this article, we will explore how SSL Certificates work, from architecture interactions. The architecture of an SSL [...]

What Is an SSL Certificate and How It Works?

Successful Internet companies are built on trust. People trust giving their personal data to these companies’ websites. Users feel confident about entering their credit card information on these websites. People trust these companies to keep sensitive files and information safe and away from public access. If people don’t trust a company, that company will not survive. [...]

What Are the Most Common SSL Errors and How to Fix Them?

The dreaded SSL connection errors may appear out of nowhere or may be the consequence of lousy SSL implementations. One thing is for sure, you don’t want your visitors to read alarming messages when loading your website. Browser notifications such as “Your connection is not private”, “The site’s security certificate is not trusted”, or “Secure [...]

The Ultimate SSL Tools for Buying and Testing an SSL Certificate

Buying an SSL Certificate for the first time may be a bit overwhelming. Everything is new, and there are so many elements to consider. What brand to choose? How much to pay? What validation type to use? And the questions don’t stop once you’ve purchased the SSL Certificate. You still need to send your details [...]

How to Move a WordPress Site from HTTP to HTTPS

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms in the world. It powers around 25% of all websites on the Internet today. Whether you’re a novice user or an experienced administrator, learning how to move a WordPress site from HTTP to HTTPS should be one of your top priorities. Gone are the days when [...]

Are There Any Free or Cheap Wildcard SSL Certificates Available?

No matter what product you buy online, your first instinct is to check for a free or inexpensive alternative. The same applies to cheap Wildcard SSL Certificates. In the beginning, you’re happy to use a freebie, but its shortcomings start to stick out in the long run. SSL Certificates are not different in this regard. The free [...]

Are Domain Validation SSL Certs Enough for Transactions?

Domain Validation SSL Certificates are affordable and easy to set up, but in an ideal online world, all the websites that accept payments should use a Business Validation (BV) or an Extended Validation (EV) certificate. The BV and EV SSL authenticate the company behind the online business. From the organization’s name to the certificate type and connection, [...]

A Quick Guide to Code Signing Certificates – How to choose?

Code Signing Certificates are a must for professional software developers who want to protect their digital programs. In an online world where anyone can upload altered script or codes, Code Signing Certificates prevent the fraudulent use of the software. They ensure that all content is safe and belongs to a legally registered company. Developers looking [...]

7 SSL Certificate Myths Debunked

Since the Secure Layer (SSL) Protocol was adopted by Netscape in 1994, SSL Certificates have grown into an almost unbreakable force. Still, many so-called experts spread SSL Certificate myths all over the internet. Today, cracking the SSL encryption is beyond human capability. Millions of websites around the world use SSL Certificates to protect the visitors’ [...]

7 Reasons Why You Should Get an SSL Certificate for Your Blog

If you’ve been blogging for good while, but still haven't bought an SSL Certificate for your blog, you’re missing on some great benefits. The same applies to new bloggers who’ve just started this ever-popular adventure. Now, a lot of so-called experts and gurus may tell you that SSL Certificates are not necessary for blogs that [...]

11 Reasons to Avoid Free Web Hosts Offering Free SSL Certs

“Free” is such an appealing word. Most novices who want to build their first website fall into the trap of free web services. Free web hosting is arguably the most tempting of all. And if it also offers free SSL Certificates it sounds too good to be true. Inexperienced beginners might think they’ve found a [...]

10-Point SEO Checklist for a Successful HTTPS Migration

On August 6, 2014, Google added HTTPS to its list of important ranking signals. The SSL SEO boost sparked a massive migration from HTTP to HTTPS. Websites rushed to encrypt their connections to gain a competitive edge over competitions. Three years later, Chrome began flagging HTTP sites as not secure. With HTTPS encryption all but [...]

How to choose the best SSL certificate for your website?

By installing an SSL certificate, you will protect your clients’ personal information and will ensure that your website is secured and trustworthy. Moreover, since Google announced that it will use “HTTPS” as a signal for search engine results, many webmasters rushed to encrypt their website connections. Update! SSL certificates are mandatory for all types of [...]

Cracking SSL Encryption is Beyond Human Capacity

We know that SSL encryption is very secure. Still, you may ask yourself how secure is the encryption of an SSL Certificate? Can we measure it? Cracking SSL Encryption is Beyond Human Capacity Online businesses, corporations, and even governments rely on the Security Socket Layer called SSL 256 bit. It is a standard specification for [...]

What is SSL Sniffing and how you can avoid it?

Since the Internet of Things becomes more and more secure, cybercriminals are forced to think of new methods of intercepting and stealing sensitive data. They usually take advantage of the existing cybersecurity tools and try to deceive users to trust them. Therefore, this article will help you find out what’s an SSL Sniffing attempt. It [...]

4 tips on how to recognize a fake website

Every day, websites and their visitors exchange hundreds of GigaBytes of sensitive data. Such data ranges between the credit card credentials of the users, to disclosing your the users’ new shipment address. Each of these connections should guarantee the safety of your personal information. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are always eager to intercept your data and try [...]

How SSL certificates protect you from man-in-the-middle attacks

Google’s official documentation and Certificate Authorities, define an SSL Certificate as a security measure that protects your website from man-in-the-middle attacks. It ensures that your customers' connection, their data, your website, and your company are all secure. Let’s find out how an SSL Certificate protects you from the cyber-attacks known as “man-in-the-middle attacks”. What is [...]

How do Wildcard SSL certificates work?

A Wildcard SSL Certificate is designed to secure one single domain and all its sub-domains. Wildcard SSL Certificates can secure an unlimited number of sub-domains. Here is a list of Wildcard SSL Certificates that you can choose from. If your website’s domain is, then the Wildcard SSL Certificate will secure the main domain name [...]

How do Code Signing SSL Certificates work?

Downloading software programs from the Internet is still suspicious because of the high risk of virus and malware infection. This is why Code Signing SSL Certificates are a must-have for any reputable software developer. These special SSL Certificates ensure the legitimacy of the developer’s code (Content Source Authentication) and certify that it is genuine. (Content Integrity). [...]

How to protect websites and servers from being hacked?

Hackers can destroy your website in just a few minutes. By losing your data, you will lose both customer confidence and a good reputation. Luckily, there are several proven tips to protect websites from being hacked. How to protect websites and servers from being hacked Always update your software – out-of-date software acts as an [...]

How will the SSL Certificates be in the future?

Today, everybody exchanges information: from personal data to credit card details and identification numbers. The security of this exchange connection became an extremely important matter. Every single day cybercriminals execute hundreds of cyber-attacks. Their online targets are governments, banks, businesses, e-commerce, and even individual websites. By using a wide range of techniques, such as phishing, man-in-the-middle attack, [...]

How to Quickly Move Your Website from HTTP to HTTPS

After Google announced that they will give ranking privileges to HTTPS domains, many webmasters rushed to secure their websites. But the process of changing from HTTP to HTTPS doesn't limit only to buying an SSL Certificate. Moving your website to HTTPS is like migrating it to a new URL. In order to avoid disruptions, you [...]

Why are VeriSign Certificates some of the best in the SSL industry?

Update! On October 31, 2017, Symantec sold its Website Security and related PKI solutions business to DigiCert.  All existing Symantec SSL certificates have been rebranded as DigiCert certificates. As a result of the transaction, DigiCert became the leader in the high-assurance SSL market. The most innovative companies, including 89% of the Fortune 500 and 97 of the [...]

SSL Validity Limited to 39 Months Starting with April 2015

In order to increase the SSL Certificates’ Security, the ones who regulate the SSL industry often reevaluate and update the rules for applying and owning an SSL Certificate. According to the Certificate Authorities (CA) and Browser Forum’s Requirements, SSL Certificates validity will no longer surpass 39 months period starting with April 1st, 2015. The Certificate Authorities [...]

The fraud problem with free SSL Certificates

Nowadays, SSL Certificates are one of the most popular security tools for websites. But as is the case in any industry, free products. i.e free SSL Certificates are always more tempting. SSL certs became such an important part of Internet security, that Google decided to give a higher ranking to HTTPS sites (2014). Three years later, [...]

SSL and TLS: which one should I choose?

If you know about SSL, you probably encountered the “TLS” term as well. SSL and TLS are used as synonyms sometimes because they are related technologies. We can actually think about TLS as an upgraded version of SSL. Both of these Security Layers encrypt information, but just like any other technology, they evolved in time [...]

How Mixed Content Compromises Security

When browsing a website secured by an SSL Certificate, users expect that all the data on that website is safe. What if just a part of that information on the website is secured? Some websites have an SSL Certificate installed, but not all their data is secured. The sign-in section of the website may be [...]

Free vs. Paid SSL certificates – What is the difference?

Website owners have always been concerned about the security of their websites. When Google announced its “HTTPS Everywhere” initiative in 2014 (by giving higher rankings to “HTTPS” websites in their search results), SSL Certificate became one of the top priorities for webmasters. A few years later, Chrome and Firefox began flagging all HTTP sites as [...]

Now you can pay for your SSL Certificate with Bitcoin

We are glad to announce that we started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. Now you can pay for your SSL Certificate with your Bitcoin balance. Bitcoin is a digital currency and a payment method created by an unknown group of developers, also known as Satoshi Nakamoto, released as open-source software in 2009. Transactions with bitcoin [...]

The Advantages of SSL Certificates

Many Internet entrepreneurs ask themselves why do they need an SSL Certificate and what are the main advantages of SSL Certificates. In short, an SSL Certificate protects the personal information of your clients, helps you build a more secure online business, and makes the Internet safer. Here are the main advantages of SSL Certificates: SSL Certificates [...]

Why is an SSL Certificate important for your online store?

From the early ’90s when the WWW came into existence and to the present day, people are concerned about their information security on the Internet. In the beginning, it was crazy to think that people will give their credit card information to strangers, especially on random websites where they make purchases. However, this became possible thanks [...]

Disadvantages of Self-Signed SSL Certificates

The online security of customers should be one of the main priorities for the managers of Internet companies. It may seem unusual, but some companies do not apply this philosophy to their business. When it comes to protecting their users’ data, some companies prefer Self-Signed SSL Certificates over the SSL Certificates issued by a Trusted [...]

When is the best time to buy an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates have always had a significant impact on a website’s credibility, especially on those websites which handle sensitive users' information, such as credit card details and personal information. However, with Chrome flagging all HTTP websites as not secure, an SSL Certificate became one of the key elements when launching a website, and a must-have [...]

What Are the Best SSL Certificates to Secure a Server?

Your server is the heart of your business. It must be protected from relentless cyber-attacks that are growing in frequency and magnitude. One of the basic security practices to shield your server from potential data theft is to secure it with an SSL Certificate. In this article, you will discover the best SSL Certificates to [...]

What Are The Best SSL Certificates to Secure an IP Address?

An SSL Certificate is generally used to secure a website, or, in technical terms, a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) such as ““. Depending on the type of certificate you order, the Certificate Authority verifies either just the domain ownership or the entire set of your company’s documents, too. But what if you want to secure an [...]

What Are the Cheapest SSL Certificates on the Market?

Here at SSL Dragon, we always offer an abundance of value deals and discounts on high-quality SSL products. Whether you need a basic Domain Validation certificate or something more intricate such as a Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL, our prices will always be the lowest. If you’re looking for SSL bargains, we’re here to help. In this [...]

Why the cheapest SSL certificate is not always the answer

SSL Certificates come at different forms and prices, and unless you’ve studied or used them before, the big difference in costs between the cheapest SSL Certificate and the most expensive one may surprise you. But what if you’ve read an article online about the advantages of SSL Certificates, and decided not to waste time, but to [...]

Why an SSL Certificate Alone Is Not Enough to Secure Your Website

SSL Certificates can do a lot of useful things to your website. Besides encrypting your visitors’ sensitive information, they also increase your reputation and offer a higher level of trust. Unfortunately, they aren’t a super software akin to Superman who can secure a website from all the existing threats. An SSL Certificate encrypts the information [...]

What is the SSL Strip and How You Can Prevent It

Since their introduction to the commercial market, SSL Certificates have gone through major security updates, and now boast an almost unbreakable level of encryption. However, the continuous SSL improvements, haven’t discouraged cynical attackers to come up with creative ways to try and steal the encrypted data. Although we’ve already written about the notorious man-in-the-middle-attacks, and [...]

Positive vs Essential Wildcard SSL – What is the difference?

When browsing through a list of SSL products, the vast number of certificates may confuse you, especially if various SSL types fall under the same brand. An eloquent example of users’ struggles to distinguish one certificate from another is Positive SSL Wildcard and Essential SSL Wildcard certificates. Positive SSL The similarities between them have left [...]

What Is the Cheapest Wildcard SSL Provider Right Now?

Whenever you need a new SSL Certificate for one of your projects, hunting for great deals is always an interesting challenge. With so many brands and products to choose from, finding the balance between cost and efficiency is not always easy. At SSL Dragon, we pride ourselves in offering the cheapest Wildcard SSL Certificates available on [...]

What is SSL Certificate warranty and how does it work?

When you’re shopping for an SSL Certificate, your primary concerns are usually the price, validation type, issue time and browser compatibility. When analyzing the specifications closer, you discover that every SSL product comes with an SSL Certificate warranty. The warranty ranges greatly from certificate to certificate. Whether it’s just $10,000, or a whopping $1,500,000, an extra assurance [...]

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