Network Solutions announced the launch of a new domain validation SSL Certificate on February 8, 2011.

NetSol is calling their new product the nsProtect Secure Xpress Certificate (TM) from Network Solutions.

That's a mouthful of a name.  

The new Domain SSL certificate is priced at $39.99/year when you pay for 4 years up front.

Both GoDaddy and Register.com have offered Domain Validation SSL Certificates for a while, and both are cheaper - Compare Domain SSL certificate prices.

Read more - Network Solutions SSL certificate reviews.

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New nsProtect Secure Xpress Certificate From Network Solutions.  Network Solutions now offers Domain Validation SSL Certificates ...

Lots of big marketing initiatives going on with web security/SSL certificate companies over the last week or so:

- Go Daddy has their annual cheap thrill NFL Superbowl commercial and lead-up to the big game spots.  Their new .CO GoDaddy girl is none other than Joan Collins.

- GeoTrust launches a funny spoof of GoDaddy's commercials that gets a bit of viral play.  The video is tied to an offer to switch to GeoTrust SSLs from GoDaddy SSL certificates for free.

- Network Solutions, not to be left out, also creates a funny parody of GoDaddy's commercials.  Their Go Granny videos get a couple days worth of traffic.  It makes you wonder if Netsol had some good competitive intelligence and knew GoDaddy was planning to use Joan Collins.

- Comodo announces the acquisition of DNS.com and an expanded DNS business.

And what does DigiCert do? ...

- DigiCert sponsors Jeremy Schoemaker's Free t-shirt Friday.  LOL. Who is that you ask?  You know, Shoemoney - the big-Google-Adsense-check-affiliate-marketing-God guy.  I think Jeremy is awesome, but DigiCert's efforts relative to the balance of the sector are kind of humorous.  Oh wait, DigiCert also sponsored free showings of the new Harry Potter movie a few months ago in selected cities as well. ;)

 

DigiCert Sponsors Jeremy Shoemoney Free T Shirt Friday

Lots of activity in DNS services lately.

DNS, domain name system, is the middle of the Internet's naming infrastructure, acting as a virtual directory matching domain names to IP addresses so that Internet users get to where they need to go. 

A couple of weeks ago GoDaddy announced their premium DNS services.

Today, DNS.com was purchased by Comodo, the big SSL certificate company.  DNS is a natural extension for Comodo’s product line.

DNS.com started as ComWired.com, a geodirectional DNS system. 

DNS.com plays a key role in directing and managing Internet traffic, including the availability and security of websites and email. The company's global network of name servers helps visitors get improved performance from websites, content, and applications, ensuring that websites perform optimally.

It will be interesting to see what the combination of DNS.com and Comodo will produce.

 

Lots of DNS Service Activity Lately| Comodo Buys DNS.com

 

Sometimes ecommerce website owners forget that trust and security matter.  They forget that an online business must create a sense of trust and portray a level of professionalism in order to make customers feel safe and secure in sharing their personal information. People are scared of things like identity theft and credit card fraud, as they should be.  As an ecommerce business website owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your site is up to standard when it comes to your site's safety and security.

Before a shopper provides a merchant website with their credit card information, the consumer is going to first look for the closed padlock symbol in their web browser indicating that your site is using a valid SSL Certificate. If your site processes credit card numbers or other confidential information like social security numbers or even addresses then you should be using an SSL Certificate, which encrypts personal information to keep it safe from hackers or others with malicious intents.

Find the right website for your website at SSL Certificate Reviews.

SSL Certificates are one of the criteria in order to be PCI Compliant. You will need to make sure your site is utilizing PCI Compliant Hosting as well. When shopping for a web host, this should be one of your first questions. If they are confused or don’t understand PCI Compliance then you should move on to the next host because this can put your livelihood at jeopardy.

Other ways to gain a customers trust outside of SSL certificates including a physical address for your business on your website to prove that you actually exist.
Even if you are running your e-commerce business out of your spare bedroom, you want to make your site look as professional as possible in order to prove that you are a reputable business. It is also best practice to have a phone number where customers can reach you in case they have a question or a problem. Shoppers want to feel confident that if there is a shipping problem or otherwise, that they will be able to reach you without issue.

 

A Growing eCommerce Business Website Needs Trust and Security

What’s the difference between a SSL Certificate and a Trust Seal?

Trust is a big part of turning a visitor to your website into a customer. 

If you're not an ecommerce website, or need to complete secure transactions, you may not need a full-blown SSL certificate.  However, you may still want the trust gained by showing a website visitor a trust seal on your website.  Many customers have been educated on the value of a “trust” endorsement and that trust seal symbol that tells them they can visit your website without getting hacked or receiving a computer virus.

That's the basic difference between a SSL certificate and a trust seal - a trust seal is basically a marketing badge of approval.  Some people consider low level domain SSL certificates as trust symbols rather than SSLs.

A full blown SSL certificate, on the other hand, verifies information about you and your business. Your web server, during a secure transaction, communicates with the certificate authority who acknowledges that you are indeed a verified and trusted business.  

These web pages can help find best SSL certificate providers and get the best extended validation SSL certificate.