SSL Monitoring

Don’t let your website visitors leave because of expired SSL certificates.

What is an SSL certificate?

The first question that pops up in your head must be why should you even care about something called SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and it’s a type of protocol that encrypts the data transmitted between two devices, such as PC and server.

In simpler words, it’s a method of digitally encoding the information so that unwanted or unauthorized parties can’t view or tamper with it.

How do you know if a website has an SSL certificate?

An SSL certificate is a digital document that identifies a website and encrypts the data that passes between a user’s browser and the site.

If you’re shopping online or sending information on a site that has an SSL certificate, chances are you won’t even notice it happening. But without it, your data could be exposed to hackers and identity thieves.

When you visit a website with an HTTPS address (the secure version of HTTP), the browser shows a green padlock icon in your address bar, indicating that the site is secure, and “https://” appears before the domain name instead of “http://.”

The padlock icon means that there’s an SSL certificate installed on the site’s server. This will allow encrypted communication between your browser and your bank’s website or another secure site where you might be making sensitive transactions.

Types of SSL Certificates

SSL certificates are a form of digital security that is used to encrypt data between an Internet-connected server and a web browser. SSL certificates can be setup and installed on any type of web server, including Linux, Apache and Microsoft IIS.

There are several different types of SSL certificates, but they all serve the same purpose:

  • Domain Validation (DV): This is the most basic level of SSL certificate available. It’s intended for low-risk websites that don’t share personal or financial information with users. The domain name is validated with a simple process called Domain Control Validation (DCV).
  • Organization Validation (OV): This level of certificate requires more rigorous validation than DV. The organization must submit its legal documents and address details, which are verified by the Certificate Authority (CA) before issuing the certificate. OV certificates are ideal for medium-risk websites that collect personal information, such as email addresses or credit card numbers, from users.
  • Extended Validation (EV): EV certificates require even more vetting than OV certificates because they’re intended only for high-risk websites that handle sensitive information like government agencies or financial institutions. EV certificates include extra authentication features like green bar display in browsers, which lets users know they’re visiting a legitimate website

Why Should You Monitor The Expiration Date Of Your SSL Certificate?

An SSL certificate is an essential part of encrypting your website. This allows customers to see a padlock icon in the browser bar and know that their information is secure when they’re on your website.

A valid SSL certificate will be accepted by all browsers, but if it expires, then that functionality will disappear from your site.

This is why it’s important to monitor the expiration date of your SSL certificate. If it expires before you have a chance to renew it, then users may start seeing warnings like “This Site Cannot Provide a Secure Connection” or worse still, they might not be able to access your site at all!

What happens if your SSL certificate expires?

If you’re managing your own website, then you’re probably aware that your SSL certificate expires. Although this may seem like a minor detail, it’s actually very important because if your certificate expires, there are several things that can happen:

  • Your website won’t load properly for visitors (and possibly for search engines) - This could result in lost revenue from those visitors who don’t want to deal with broken links or errors on your site. If people can’t access your site, they won’t be able to buy products from it either!
  • You’ll lose trust from visitors - With so many cyberattacks these days, people are wary when they visit websites with expired SSL certificates as they assume there’s something fishy going on or that their information may be at risk of being stolen.

You should track the expiration date of your SSL certificate and renew it.

In the end, there are two reasons to take advantage of an SSL certificate: first, to improve your site’s security, and second to improve your users’ experience. If your certificate expires without being renewed, however, either of these could be compromised. So why not keep an eye on it?

Monitoring your SSL certificate expiration date is now easier thanks to MonSpark website monitoring service. It provides real-time alerts via SMS and email when your SSL certificate is about the expire or expires. As a result, you’ll never have to deal with costly surprise attacks or avoidable penalties from Google, Microsoft or others when it’s not absolutely necessary.

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