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SSL Certificates

When you hear terms such as SSL and other abbreviated technical language, it goes through one ear and out of the other, but some terms are actually very useful to know. Especially because our whole world evolves around technology now!

SSL is short for “Secure Sockets Layer”. SSL is a security protocol (that you download to your web server), that creates an encrypted link between a web server and a web browser, therefore when a visitor on an SSL certified website enters personal details and data, the connection is secure and private.

The main reason for companies and organisations to add SSL Certificates to their websites is to give assurance to visitors using the website that their login details/credit card details and other personal data are private.

How to spot if the website your using is secure

When a website starts with https:// it is known as an SSL certified website, as the “s” stands for secure. Therefore, if you notice that the start of the domain looks like this http://, this is not a secure site, so be careful and do NOT enter personal details!

When websites are encrypted with SSL it eliminates the chance of hackers to perform attacks, these are known as “man in the middle attacks”.

The most common attack is when a hacker places a undetected programme on the server hosting that website, then when the visitor to the website starts using the website and entering their date the programme captures the visitors data and sends it back to the hacker.

Different levels of SSL certificates

Extended Validation Certificate (EV SSL). This is the highest level of SSL, therefore is the most expensive, but the most secure SSL certificate a website can have. This type of SSL certificate should be a priority for websites that need identity assurance, e.g. Web payments, data collection, logins and personal data. This is the most valuable, so if your organisation can afford this type of SSL, it is definitely worth it, as it shows the legitimacy of your domain.

This certificate shows https at the start of the URL, a padlock and the business name/business country to show how legitimate and secure the website is.

In some industries it is law to have specific SSL certificates, this includes companies specialising in finance or insurance. This is to protect client information and eliminate fraudulent activity.

There are lower-level SSL certificates such as Domain Validation (DV) and Organisation Validation (OV) Certificates. This is symbolised as a small green padlock next to the URL. Therefore, if you visit a website that has this symbol, it does hold a lower-level SSL, but it is still a secure network.

Some organisations and businesses cannot afford EV SSL therefore they opt for DV SSL or OV SSL, which still does the job!

Device Security

Security is key when running a business. Many organisations and businesses have hundreds of devices that store logins, personal data, and banking details; Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could control all your businesses devices from one place?

Having a device management system in place, allows whoever runs your technical infrastructure to wipe, track or configure anything on any device that is linked to your business.

Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is a mobile device management cloud-based service. This service allows organisations to control applications on all their devices, including mobile phones, tablets, computers, and laptops. This ensures data is secure therefore if anything was to go wrong it can be managed straight away.

In this instance if We (Panda IT) managed your companies devices using Microsoft Intune and one of your devices was stolen, we would be able to take control of the device and wipe it, so no company data was exposed and stolen.

This is a great security mechanism to have in place, and we very highly recommend this service.

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