Getting your domain protected means purchasing and installing an SSL Certificate.
1. Purchase an SSL Certificate at https://ssl.encirca.com/
To get started, you need to decide what type of SSL Certificate is right for your business.
EnCirca recommends Extended Validation Certificates. EV Certificates are superior because:
- the validation is more extensive
- the customer will see that extra security in the form of a "green bar" that tells them the site is secure
In order to fully meet your needs, we also offer the following different types of certificates:
- Standard SSL Certificates - require the certificate issuer to
independently verify the information concerning the applicant's
- Extended Validated (EV) Certificates - the applicant's business
credentials are validated more extensively to help ensure that the
applicant isn't a phisher, spoofer, or other type of online criminal.
- Wildcard Certificates - protect multiple options of the same base domain (i.e. www.sample.bank and directory.sample.bank)
- SAN Certificates - protect multiple, different domains (i.e. www.sample.bank and sample.com)
Once you've chosen and paid for your certificate, you need to be validated by the SSL Company.
2. Validate Your Information with a CSR
A CSR or Certificate
Signing request is a block of encrypted text that is generated on the
server that the certificate will be used on. It contains information
that will be included in your certificate such as your organization
name, common name (domain name), locality, and country. You may need to
request this from your hosting service.
If your hosting provider can't provide a CSR, you can generate one here: https://csrgenerator.com/
. When you generate a CSR this way, you will receive 2 files - a CSR and a Private Key. Keep both for your records.
3. Generate your SSL Certificate
- Login to ssl.encirca.com.
- Once logged in, on the left, you should see information on your orders
- Click on the List of orders.
- On the screen that comes up, the option to generate cert should be there
Click on the "Generate Cert Now" button. You will be redirected to
the SSL vendor's site, where you can enter information, including:
- domain name
- whois contact email
- Make sure to match the info from your CSR and CERT (ie domain name and contact info)
- Once your information is entered, you will receive a confirmation.
You may also receive a validation email or phone call from the SSL
certificate vendor (ie Geotrust or Symantec)
4. Install your SSL Certificate
After the verification process is completed, you should receive your
SSL Certificate by email. This cert (along with a private key if you got one) should be given to your hosting
provider to install and check. You may also be given a logo to place on
your site to verify its security.