TL; DR: ComodoSSLstore is an authorized provider of online security certificates and solutions from Comodo, a world-renowned cybersecurity authority. The company’s goal is to streamline website security implementation so small-business owners and others trying to build an online presence can focus on their core competencies. ComodoSSLstore serves as an all-in-one vendor for securing your online presence by offering a wide range of affordable products that address everything from vulnerability scanning and backups to email and ID solutions.
The 30.7 million small-business owners in the U.S. play a vital role in supporting local communities and driving the American economy. But getting started as an entrepreneur is no walk in the park — it requires determination, financial risk, and lots of priority-juggling.
That means that, despite the absolute necessity of a strong online presence, there’s rarely time left over to build and maintain a secure business website. As many successful business owners know, the key to doing it all is working with tech providers who specialize in making entrepreneurs’ lives easier.
ComodoSSLstore, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and with offices in the Netherlands and India, is one such provider in the online security space.
“Small-business owners cannot afford to spend a significant amount of time every month staying up to date on how to secure their websites — they’re trying to run their businesses,” said Adam Thompson, Director of Digital Marketing at The SSL Store. “Our goal is to try to make it as simple as possible to understand and implement technology that addresses today’s most pressing security concerns.”
HTTPS encryption protocols, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and more modern Transport Layer Security (TLS), are a top priority for online businesses. They ensure that sensitive online information — consumer credit card numbers, passwords, and other private data — is kept under tight wraps. Specialized high-assurance SSL certificates further assert organizational identity by showcasing a company’s name in the address bar.
When enabling HTTPS on a site, Google recommends obtaining a robust TLS security certificate from a reliable certificate authority that also provides tech help. ComodoSSLstore offers affordable certificates from Comodo, a global leader in cybersecurity, digital certificates, and technical support. It’s also a one-stop shop for web security and scanning solutions that protect sites from hackers and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
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Google first announced its plans to include HTTPS as a search engine ranking factor on August 7, 2014.
“That day started a shift toward the mentality that every website should be HTTPS,” Adam said. “Before then, outside of small groups of cybersecurity experts, the overwhelming majority of the web hosting, web development, and website-building communities assumed you only needed HTTPS if you were accepting credit cards or Social Security numbers. And if you look at the website market share back then, only about 5% of websites were HTTPS.”
Adam said that Google, Mozilla, and other groups continued to push for change over the next few years. It didn’t hurt that Google Chrome, one of the world’s most popular browsers, began marking all HTTP sites as “not secure” in July 2018.
“Approximately 95% of web traffic is currently on HTTPS,” Adam said. “Of course, domains like Google and YouTube are all HTTPS, and they make up the majority of web traffic. In terms of percentage, roughly 50% of the sites on the internet are HTTPS.”
Adam told us that the percentage is variable based on how one determines the number of websites on the internet. “Is a parked domain a website? Is a website that returns a 404 error a website? Is a subdomain a separate website from the main domain? All of these factors make a difference,” he said.
Given these features, 100% of small-business owners who want to build trust with customers as legitimate online sellers must obtain a security certificate from a reliable provider. To that end, ComodoSSLstore boasts nearly two decades of experience via parent company The SSL Store, founded in 2002.
Boosting Accessibility and Ease of Use for a Range of Security Needs
The price for TLS/SSL certificates has dropped over the years as the demand for and adoption of HTTPS solutions has skyrocketed. But Adam told us security certificates are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to securing a small-business website.
“Website owners are starting to understand that HTTPS, which provides that secure lock icon visitors see in the browser bar, is the first step of many that you need to be taking to secure your website,” he said. “While HTTPS encrypts the data being sent to and from the website, it does very little to protect the website or the web server itself against attacks.”
Adam recommends implementing best practices in terms of secure passwords, phishing protection, brute-force protection vulnerability scanning, patch scheduling, web application firewall, and virtual patches.
ComodoSSLstore has several products beyond SSL brands and types that speak to those concerns, including code signaling, web security, and email and ID solutions. And entrepreneurs don’t have to earn a degree in internet technology to understand how to implement them.
The company’s Comodo HackerProof service, for example, offers dimension scanning for analyzing site security from a visitor’s point of view, daily vulnerability scanning to identify security holes, and easy clean-up instructions for infected sites. A simple web-based portal makes management a breeze.
The company also offers CodeGuard website backups. CodeGuard makes fixing website issues simple and easy via email alerts for malware detection, daily backups, and a handy one-click restoration tool.
Best yet, support is never far away for any of these solutions via email, live chat, or telephone.
“We’re trying to provide solutions to our customers that address the biggest risks that they have from a website and a cybersecurity standpoint,” Adam said. “The ultimate goal is to make website security simple.”
To Come: New Solutions for Small Business Sites
Data breaches will continue to affect small, medium, and enterprise-scale businesses indiscriminately as we move forward. Sadly, some malicious hackers are even trying to use the ongoing pandemic to take advantage of victims — and smaller organizations are often a more tempting target.
With no shortage of online threats on the horizon, the teams at ComodoSSLstore and SSL.com will continue offering innovative, top-notch online security solutions to customers worldwide.
“Keep your eyes open for additional comprehensive security solutions designed for small-business websites,” Adam said. “We have some products launching in Q1 and Q2 that will make it easier for small business owners to secure their websites, keep hackers at bay, and stay focused on growing their businesses.”
In the meantime, check out the ComodoSSLstore blog for information on the latest best practices and news in online security for small businesses.