One of the most important components of online business is creating a trusted environment where potential customers feel confident in making purchases. SSL certificates create a foundation of trust by establishing a secure connection. To ensure visitors their connection is secure, browsers provide visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar.
SSL certificates have a key pair: a public and a private key. These keys work together to establish an encrypted connection. The certificate also contains what is called the “subject,” which is the identity of the certificate/website owner.
Once upon a time, we only needed to apply an SSL certificate to sites that had credit card processing. You've probably noticed on browsers, such as Google Chrome, that some sites will say "Not Secure" in the URL bar for any site that doesn't have an SSL. Even on sites that do not have online ordering. As of 2020, many browsers won't even display a site at all if it doesn't have an SSL.
So now, ALL websites must have an SSL installed.
Because SSLs encrypt the data on your website and secures the website, an authorization email is sent from GeoTrust to help authenticate the website. Due to security constraints, there are only a few email addresses available to send the authorization request to. They are:
Those are the ONLY email addresses we can send the authorization request to. If you don't have one of those addresses (like firstname.lastname@example.org) available, please set one up. Again, it is the only way we can install the required SSL on your site.
Once the address is setup and you can access it, let us know and we will initiate the request. You will then receive an email from GeoTrust with a link to approve your SSL. Please click it and approve the request. Upon approval, we will be automatically notified and will be able to install your SSL.
Please note that SSLs are for one year only and they must be renewed. The renewal process is the same for subsequent years as it is for the first year.
There is an annual fee involved in this process. For the initial implementation, we will require that you pay upfront. When it renews, we will invoice you after implementation.