ITS is an official Thawte SSL certificate reseller

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption provides a level of security and privacy for those wishing to conduct secure transactions over the Internet. Introduced by Netscape Communications, the SSL protocol protects HTTP transmissions over the Internet by adding a layer of encryption. This insures that your transactions are not subject to sniffing by a third party. For companies wishing to conduct E-Commerce, such as receiving credit card numbers or other sensitive information, SSL is a must. Your VPS was configured with SSL support built in. In addition to the Web, SSL can also be used for other internet protocols.

SSL is normally used in tandem with a Digital Certificate. A Digital Certificate gives your customers the assurance that your web site is legitimately yours and not that of an impostor. It contains information about who owns the certificate (company name, domain name, contact address, etc) as well as information about the issuing Certificate Authority (thawte, VeriSign, etc). It also provides you with a legal basis to perform transactions on the Internet. By default, you were assigned a cname that allows you to use our certificate.

Using SSL

You can access all of the web content on your Virtual Private Server (documents, images, scripts, etc) via SSL by using the https:// prefix rather than the http:// prefix. For example, your secure web site can be accessed like this:

https://YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME/ (with a custom certificate) or (using our shared certificate)

You can send the data collected by a form on your web site to a CGI script via SSL by including something like this in form page HTML:

<form method="POST" action="https://YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME/cgi-bin/script.cgi">

Be sure that you do not reference embedded document content (images, etc) insecurely by using the http:// prefix, like this:

<img src="http://YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME/image.gif">

If you do, visitors will receive warning messages about insecure content. Instead try to use document relative code like so:

<img src="../image.gif">


More Information

For technical documentation of SSL, see:

Please note: the information on this page applies to ITS web hosting plans. It may or may not apply to other environments. If you are looking for a feature described here, or better support from your hosting provider, please consider hosting your site with ITS!

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