SSL Information

SSL Provides a Secure Connection:

A secure connection means two things: encryption and authentication. Encryption ensures that no one can snoop the connection between the browser and your server; authentication ensures the client, through a certificate, that the server is who they say they are. The security is assured on two levels.

At the network level, the first time the browser connects to a server, the browser stores the server's certificate. This is the encryption part of the secure connection. Each time the browser "thinks" that it is communicating with this same server, it verifies that this same certificate is used to assure the secure connection.

At a higher level, a server's certificate is "signed" by a trusted external authority that the browser knows about, such as VeriSign or Thawte. This is the authentication part of the secure connection. The server information (country, state, city, organization) is encoded into the certificate and certificate request. The external authority signs your request and guarantees that your server information is legitimate.

You have two options for using SSL:

Install your own certificate:

You can purchase a certificate from Verisign or from Thawte . We will setup your SSL certificate to work for you for a one time setup fee of £20.00. We will need to generate a certificate signing request and email it to you. We will also generate a private key for you. If you would like for us to install your own certificate, please contact us with your request.

Use our server-wide certificate:

If SSL is included with your hosting plan, you can also utilize Clyst Internet's server-wide certificate.

To utilize our server-wide certificate, just call the secure server by using the following URL:

Please note, this URL might change depending on the server where you are located. Please contact us and we will provide you with the URL specific to your server.

The above page would be accessed from the normal web server as:

Using through secure server:

If you are calling the FormMail script through the secure server, your action line and other code will look like the following:

<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="">
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Order">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_URL" value="">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_title" value="">

The last two lines allow a link back to your main page - thus they get a report of what they ordered and a link.

It's important that you call your order page through a secure URL (https) in order for it to work properly. For example:


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