SSL Certificates

In simple terms, SSL certificates scramble a customers personal information so it can travel safely from their computer to your website where it is unscrambled safe and sound. They are kind of like armored trucks similar to the ones banks use to move money safely from one place to another. Well, imagine that armored truck taking your customers precious personal data and traveling safely all the way through the Internet maze to your website. It's a comforting image.

Here are some common questions about SSL Certificates.

Is Trust Guard an SSL Provider?

No, Trust Guard is not an SSL Provider. We do however, provide top of the line PCI compliant website security scanning to help protect websites from external attacks.

Are there different types of SSL Certificates?

SSL Certificates vary from basic encryption to Extended Validation with complex encryption. If you are just starting out and your site needs to process credit cards you may need just a basic SSL Certificate. However, if your company is expanding rapidly and you require more from your SSL Certificate, you may want to look in to Extended Validation.

How can you tell if a site is using an SSL Certificate?

When shopping online, most people know to look for the lock icon at the bottom of the page. Looking for the lock icon is a good habit. However, some browsers do not always show the lock on secure pages, so this strategy can be hit or miss. The best way to tell if the page goes secure is to look at the browser's address bar and make sure the URL says: HTTPS (the "S" means "secure") or https and the name of the website. For example, it should look similar to: or

The "https" and the lock icon let you know that the page is now secure, and it is now safe to enter your credit card or personal information.

Who do you recommend?

RapidSSL ™ and Thawte ™, offer basic SSL Certs for new websites. They offer reasonably priced options for certificates that requires less validation. Buy Now

DigiCert offers only "high assurance" Organization-Validation Certificates, which exceed standard domain validations by looking at the organization to which the certificates are issued. DigiCert checks the website for appropriate content in addition to verifying with the state where the organization is registered. They also confirm ownership of the domain through email and with the Whois Record. Finally, they verify the physical address of the organization - all via a person rather than an automated system - so the customer has "high assurance" as to the validation and authentication. Buy Now. Note: Please review all your options before making a final decision with any SSL provider..

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Protecting your site

Trust Guard provides top of the line PCI compliant scanning to protect your site from external attacks and Security Scanned seals to show that your site is safe. Which is great, but you also need an SSL Certificate to protect your clients information as it travels from their computer to your site. So, every e-commerce website needs both PCI Scanning and an SSL Certificate.

Smart Shoppers Know

Informed online shoppers know to stay clear of any website that hasn’t put the proper online security in place. They look for both SSL locks and Security Scanned seals to know their personal information is safe. And, this is what you need to do business online.

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