SSL Certificates

SSL certificates

  • SSL certificate is a digital credential that guarantees the authenticity of a website and establishes a secure connection. The certificate provides a high degree of security and privacy to users and clients by using an encrypted credential while connecting to a web service. SSL enables a process called handshake between users’ devices and web service’s host to authenticate their identification information in order to make sure they are who they claim to be.
  • Our website uses SSL certificates in order to guarantee privacy information such as student’s credit card information. Website URLs that require an SSL connection start with “https” instead of “http.”
  • To purchase SSL certificates, please contact the Technology department. Technology department offers both standard and extended SSL certificates.
  • FAQ:
    • Do I need an SSL certificate for my website? If the website contains any sensitive information that needs to be encrypted such as credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, the website should provide SSL certificate to encrypt the connection and secures the users’ information at all cost.

EV SSL Certificates

  • An Extended Validation SSL Certificate is currently the latest and most secure SSL certificate. EV SSL provides a higher form of encryption, data protection, privacy connection for the user.
  • Westcliff University applies EV SSL certificates on many important Westcliff web pages in order to establish a secure perimeter for students’ privacy and prevent fraud or phishing attacks made on Westcliff University’s system.
  • Westcliff websites that installed with EV SSL certificates:
  • What browser supports EV SSL certificate?
    • Internet Explorer – version 7 or higher
    • Firefox – version 3 or higher
    • Safari 3.2 or higher
    • Opera 9.5 or higher
    • Google Chrome
    • Flock 2.0 or higher
  • Example of a secure connection with EV SSL certificate: