Web Security: What is the Website Certificates feature?
By Viktor Petersson
Within Web Security, you can find the Website Certificates feature on the left-hand menu.
Go to Web Security > Website certificates.
This feature allows you to easily and effectively manage certificates within your selected domain.
What are website certificates?
Website security certificates (also called SSL certificates) ensure that your site is secure and user's information is encrypted. In modern browsers, you’ll be able to discern whether or not a website has a valid SSL certificate by looking for the padlock icon in the address bar of the browser. Some browsers, such as Google’s Chrome browser, will also label websites with missing or expired certificates as directly unsafe.
Wherever possible, you should make sure that the issuer of your certificates is a legitimate and trusted certificate authority (CA). Common examples of these are VeriSign, Thawte, or Entrust. Organizations may also have their own certificate authorities that they use to issue certificates to internal sites, such as intranets.
As the name implies, a website certificate is granted for a given period of time by a CA. This means, that your certificates need to be renewed and recertified continuously. Not doing so, means that users will be warned of unsafe domains, insecure websites, and some browsers will not allow you to view the site.
How does the Website Certificate feature assist with managing this?
The Website Certificates feature will assist you in managing your certificates by clearly showing;
- The current status of your certificates and their expiry date
- Any expired certificates
- The certificates that will expire within the coming 30 days
- The Certificate authority (CA) to be contacted in order to renew a certificate
This allows you to confidently act on problematic certificates, more proactively manage the duration of certificates and ensure that your web presence maintains a high degree of security.