How do SSL Certificates work and what are my options?


What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates serve three primary functions:

  1. Secure private information between the web servers and the customers as they browse the site by using encryption.
  2. Secure the administration console so sensitive passwords, credit card numbers, and customer data cannot be intercepted.
  3. Provide a Secure Seal on the site that shows your customers that you protect their data and that you are a legitimate company.

What are my options?


Free Shared SSL

By default, Spark Pay online Stores is installed using our Shared SSL certificate.  This is a free service we offer to make sure your site is secure from the beginning.  The downside to this is when a customer visits a secure link during checkout, they will be transferred seamlessly to"", and back again once they leave the secured area.  Also you cannot use a Secure Site Seal with this method.  When people click on the SSL logo on their browser, they will see Spark Pay online stores as the company owning the certificate.


Your own SSL

If you have your own SSL certificate, customers stay on your domain name the entire time they visit the site, and you can display a Secure Site Seal.  When people click on the SSL logo on their browser, they will see your company name as the owner of the certificate.   Most SSLs also come with fraud insurance.


Let us help! 

To purchase an SSL for your domain name, please contact our sales team. To order or view the current list of SSL Certificates offered here:

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