How is website security handled?

What is SSL?

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This secure link ensures that all data transferred remains private. It’s also called TLS (Transport Layer Security). Millions of websites use SSL encryption everyday to secure connections and keep their customer’s data safe from monitoring and tampering.

SSL is visible to users in several ways in the website address bar:

  • A lock icon in the browser bar
  • The website address starting with https://

Example:

HTTPS shown in browser URL bar

SSL is one of the most widely reviewed and adopted security tools on the Internet today. It is essential to keeping the Internet safe and secure.


Why websites use SSL

An increasing number of websites adopt SSL for various reasons:

  • Security: ensure that no one is intercepting web traffic
  • Trust: by displaying a green lock image, the website increases visitors’ trust
  • Search ranking boost: Google ranks sites that have SSL higher in search results
  • Regulatory compliance: financial institutions and web stores that work with credit cards must comply with regulations and adopt SSL on their websites

CloudFlare makes SSL easy

SSL can be difficult for website administrators to set up. Configuring SSL requires going to a Certificate Authority (CA) to verify your identity and authenticity of your website, installing the certificate on your server, and constantly keeping it up-to-date. CloudFlare makes enabling SSL one-click easy. You don’t have to worry about getting a certificate yourself, installing it on your server, or keeping it renewed — we take care of all that.

For sites that require more advanced SSL configurations, CloudFlare supports custom certificates from any certificate authority, full end-to-end SSL with robust certificate checking, and even Keyless SSL which lets sites use CloudFlare without giving up custody of their private keys.

CloudFlare makes SSL fast, easy, and secure for any organization and reduce the friction SSL adds to the security and performance of Layer 7 applications.

Full SSL:

Encrypts the connection between your site visitors and CloudFlare, and from CloudFlare to your server.

  • You will need to have an SSL certificate on your server. However, CloudFlare will not attempt to validate the certificate (certificates may be self-signed).
  • Visitors will see the SSL lock icon in their browser.

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