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What is SSL/TLS?

SSL (Secure Socket Layers) and its successor TLS (Transport Layer Security) are industry-standard methods of encrypting information that's transmitted across the internet so it can't be stolen by eavesdroppers. Both are frequently referred to simply as "SSL", so we'll use that term too even though, technically, almost everyone uses the more modern TLS.

SimplyRegister uses SSL for all services, which includes all instances when personal or payment information is transmitted.

Why is it important for registration?

Many people look for the "lock icon" and the "https" prefix in the address bar of their web browser before submitting personal information online.  Therefore, when you use the option to place the registration form directly on your website, we recommend you use SSL on the page where you put the registration form.  Whether or not you use SSL for your page, registrants' personal and payment information is still encrypted because SimplyRegister uses its SSL in the background.  However, if your page doesn't use SSL, registrants won't see the "lock icon" or "https" prefix in their browser, and they might be mistrustful of your site and leave before registering.

How do I enable SSL for my website?

To enable SSL for a particular web page, use "https://" instead of "http://" when you create the link.  For example, https://www.mysite.com/registration.html

If your site doesn't already support SSL, you can enable it by purchasing a SSL certificate from a certificate authority. The approximate cost is $10-$30 per year for an entry-level certificate (which is adequate for this purpose), depending on where you purchase it.  Of course the higher-level (and more expensive) certificates will work too.

SimplyRegister is not affiliated with and doesn't endorse any specific certificate authority or reseller, but for your convenience below is a list of several of them.  (Hint:  resellers typically offer lower prices than the certificate authorities themselves.)  Before purchasing a certificate, be sure to check with your web hosting provider to be sure they'll install a SSL certificate for you (most will, but it's always a good idea to double-check).

Major Certificate Authorities
Selection of Resellers