Hostway UK offers SSL discounts

Web hosting and online technology services company, Hostway UK, is offering a 50% discount on industry standard 128 bit SSL certificates.

Thomas Herbert, Product Manager at Hostway remarked, ”With the Christmas period looming, e-tailers need to make sure that consumers can shop safely on their sites. By offering SSL certificates at a lower price, we hope that more ecommerce shops will be able to confidently conduct sales over the festive season.”

At 35 pounds per annum, the 128 bit GeoTrust QuickSSL premium certificates will be the lowest cost single root certificate available. An automated 2-step validation enables the certificate to be verified immediately without the need to fax in paperwork, which, it is hoped, will further encourage users to take up the offer.

Secure sockets layer (SSL) works by encrypting information before it is transmitted over the Internet, ensuring that no-one can read it in transit, making shopping online safer and more secure. When a site offers an SSL-secured form, the information submitted via that form (typically credit card information) is encrypted using a special certificate key” and then decrypted with another key after it has been transmitted. When users access a site secured with SSL using either Netscape or Internet Explorer, a padlock symbol displays in their browser window indicating that the site is secure.

Traditionally, SSL technology has been a prohibitive cost for the lower-end user. By lowering the standard price for SSL, Hostway is hoping more site owners will be able to show their customers they can be confident of transacting safely on their sites.

Hostway Corporation provides web hosting services with eight locations in the US (Chicago (HQ), Austin, Tampa and Vancouver), Europe (Belgium, France, Frankfurt, Hannover, London and Netherlands), Asia (Korea) and Australia (Sydney), Canada, Germany, Korea, and Australia. Serving customers both small and large, Hostway provides hosting infrastructure services with online tools to help customers broaden their reach and grow their businesses online. Hostway offers a wide range of managed hosting services ranging from Windows and Linux based shared hosting plans, to complete dedicated server and Enterprise managed solutions to over 400,000 customers worldwide.

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