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Frequently Asked Questions

SSL Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What does an SSL do?

Answer: SSL Certificates are put in place to ensure that communication between your site and other servers is encrypted.

Question: How long do SSL Certificates take to be installed?

Answer: SSL Certificates can be installed within 24 hours of the request.

Question: Does the size of my website matter how much I will be paying?

Answer: No, SSL Certificates can be utilized sites of any size.

Question: How do I know if my site needs an SSL?

Answer: Now everyone should have an SSL if they want to let the world know they are on a safe site.

Question: Are there penalties enforced for not having an SSL?

Answer: The only penalty enforced CURRENTLY is a “Not Secure” message in the address bar. There may also be similar notifications in the browser window. This notification varies by web browser.

Question: I’m confused, what would it cost for my site to be protected? I do not have Ecommerce on my site.

Answer: The charge is $89 for this migration service. There is also an annual fee of $200 for the Thawte SSL Certification.

Question: Do I have to pay annually for the SSL forever?

Answer: For right now, it looks that way.

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Question: How do I know when my site is secured?

Answer: There will be a padlock in the address bar area stating that your site is secure. There will also be no security warnings.

Question: Does everyone need to do this?
Answer: Yup.
Question: Why is Google/Chrome making this a requirement?
Answer: Because the industry has been discussing implementing better security measures for some time now and Google is taking the lead expecting others to follow.
Question: Can I get another SSL certificate other than Thawte?
Answer: Yes, but the cost will be higher.
Question: I have very little traffic on my website. Do I need an SSL?
Answer: No, but you will have even less traffic without one
Question: I already have an SSL for Ecommerce. Do I need another one?
Answer: No, but you will need to have your non-order pages linked to your certificate which will require the migration service.
Question: What if I don’t renew my annual SSL payment?
Answer: Your site will become insecure.

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