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SSL Certificates

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What that padlock next to a URL means and why you NEED one…

SSL certificates fulfill a few purposes.

To secure and encrypt the connection

What is SEO, and why is it so important?

1. To secure and encrypt the connection between your web browser and the website that you are accessing.

authenticate the website

So how does it work SEO?

2. To authenticate the website you’re accessing, so you can be confident that you’re connected to the correct website.

Without SSL Certificate

Without an SSL Certificate being in place, the connection is left both unguarded and unauthenticated – meaning any and all information that you send to or receive from a website can be intercepted without much effort by hackers.

Why Do I Need
an SSL Certificate?

If you are a website admin/owner, leaving your website unsecured can be incredibly damaging for your users, business, and overall brand reputation. According to the latest Google Transparency Report, 93% of web traffic in the U.S. is encrypted. This means that users are accustomed to seeing that padlock icon next to an URL. You don’t want to be the website losing out on business because your website is displaying something else…

• PCI-DSS requires all ecommerce websites (worldwide) to use SSL/TLS (fines can be $50,000+/month)
• GDPR requires all businesses with European customers to encrypt customer data (fines can be up to 20 million euros)
• Canada, New York, California, Brazil, and many other regions have similar laws

These are very important laws/regulations that need to be taken seriously. If you fall into one of these categories, it is imperative you get the appropriate SSL certificate.

Avoid Browser Warnings for Non-HTTPS Websites

Avoid Browser Warnings for Non-HTTPS Websites

If you want people to find your business in Saudi, Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman when they search online, you need to make sure your website shows up on search engines. SEO is the process of making your website more “friendly” for search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo, which helps them categorise your site and display it in relevant search results. Optimising your site can improve its organic search result ranking, making your business easier to find when potential customers search for products and services related to your business. For more information, see What is search engine optimisation and why should I care?

Maintain Compliance with Applicable Regulations

Maintain Compliance with Applicable Regulations

Nearly every country and industry has at least one law/regulation that requires businesses to encrypt sensitive customer data. Businesses who fail to use SSL/TLS (and other mechanisms) to encrypt customer data can face substantial fines. For example:

• PCI-DSS requires all ecommerce websites (worldwide) to use SSL/TLS (fines can be $50,000+/month) • GDPR requires all businesses with European customers to encrypt customer data (fines can be up to 20 million euros) • Canada, New York, California, Brazil, and many other regions have similar laws These are very important laws/regulations that need to be taken seriously. If you fall into one of these categories, it is imperative you get the appropriate SSL certificate.

Enable Additional Browser Features

Enable Additional Browser Features

When running a business, the last thing you want your users to run into are errors or a lack of functionality on your website – nothing can be more frustrating. Well, without HTTPS, your users could find themselves running into quite a few. Here are a few features that only work on HTTPS websites:

• Browser notifications (which can be an excellent marketing channel)
• Geo-location (a key feature for any local business website, to give directions and locate nearby stores)
• Webcam/microphone access (important for many websites in our communicate-from-anywhere world!)

In the ever-evolving technological world, you don’t want to be left behind because you don’t have something as simple as an SSL certificate.

Speed Up Your Website with HTTP/2

HTTP/2 is the latest version of HTTP.
Enabling HTTP/2 can reduce your website’s page load time by over 13%. We all know how important page load times are for converting web traffic. Most major browsers fully support HTTP/2, but they will only support it over an encrypted connection. This means you need an SSL certificate to ensure you and your users enjoy the benefits of HTTP/2.

Get SEO Benefits with SSL/TLS

Google has made it clear that security is a top priority for not only them, but should be for all webmasters. As part of their call for “HTTPS Everywhere”, Google further expanded the call to reward those webmasters who secure their websites with SSL/TLS encryption. The reward? Google rewarded those with SSL/TLS encryption with a boost in SEO rankings.
What are the Different Tiers of SSL Certificates?
There are three different types of authentication levels. Domain Validation, Organization Validation, and Extended Validation. Each of these provide encryption, but they carry different levels of verification, visual indicators, and added benefits to secure your website.

Domain Validation DV SSL

Basic
Domain Validation (DV)

Domain Validated (DV) SSL Certificate is the first tier of SSL/TLS Certificates. Often known for their no-frills encryption and quick issuance, Domain Validated SSL Certificates are quick to get up and running but only prove ownership of the domain being secured.

Organization Validation OV

Business
Organization Validation (OV)

A Business Organization Validated (OV) SSL Certificate is the middle tier of SSL/TLS Certificates. Known for their Organization Verification and Dynamic Site Seals, they’re a great starting point for those looking to showcase their organization.

Extended Validation EV

Premium
Extended Validation (EV)

A Premium Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate is the highest tier of SSL/TLS Certificates on the market. The EV cert allows for users to verify your company information and that they are on the correct website through your certificate details – an effective way to establish immediate trust with users.

Learn About the EV Benefits

What are the Different Types of Certificates?
Now that you’re aware of the different validation types of SSL Certificates, let’s introduce you to the different types of SSL Certificates. There’s Single Domain SSL Certificates, Multi-Domain (SAN) Certificates, and Wildcard SSL Certificates. All serve the same purpose of encrypting personal information being sent from the client and the webserver, but all provide different capabilities and flexibility for the web master.

Single Name Certificates

Single Name Certificates

By far the simplest type of SSL certificate, Single Name Certificates provide coverage for just a single domain. Thus, making it easier to control and manage for your team.

Multi-Domain SAN Certificates

Multi-Domain SAN Certificates

As the name suggests, Multi-Domain Certificates provide coverage for multiple domains. This can be extremely helpful for webmasters that own and manage multiple sites.

Wildcard Certificates

Wildcard Certificates

Wildcard SSL Certificates are extremely helpful for web masters that utilize a lot of sub-domains because of their capability to secure an unlimited number of subdomains.

Not looking for an SSL Certificate?

Not looking for an SSL Certificate? SSL Certificates are not the only security product that offers. Our team is also pleased to supply both Code Signing Certificates and Email & Document Signing Certificates. With the increase in malware and adware being distributed from emails, documents, and application packages, there’s never been a better time to not only secure your applications, documents, and emails, but also to assure that they have not been altered in any way.

Code Signing Certificates

Code Signing Certificates

Code Signing Certificates ensure that the software, application, or app has not been modified since being created by the developer. Often referred to as being the digital “shrink wrap” because it validates the code is in its original form.

Email & Document Signing Certificates

Email & Document Signing Certificates

Email & Document Signing Certificates have become a standard in the industry with regards to ensuring that communication that is sent is validated and that the contents have not been modified since being sent.

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Where can I get an SSL Certificate?

No need to look any further! K® (Kenzie) of SAUDI GULF HOSTiNG has partnered with the industry leading Certificate Authorities; Sectigo and DigiCert, to not only offer SSL Certificates, but to offer them at some of the best prices on the market!

Make the SSL Store your preference and establish a long-term business relationship to ensure perpetual delivery of the services. Ameliorate your sales today for boosting future business growth in revenue.

Protect Your  Brand Name Online with TMCH

Protect Your Brand Name Online with TMCH

As internet use broadens and more than ever local companies withing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gulf and across the middle east brought their businesses online since the COVID-19 epidemic, the accessibility of domain names with definitive domain endings like .com quickly decreased. To confront the inevitable oversupply of the market for domain names, ICANN (the organisation that manages and regulates domain name delegation on the internet worldwide) has been consistently introducing hundreds or thousands of new, generic domain endings (also known as gTLDs, for “generic top-level domains”) since year 2013, giving all local businesses the ability to target their markets more precisely within the Gulf and Middle East region.

PROTECT YOUR BRAND NAME ONLINE WITH TMCH

Since ICAN set in motion of these new domains made the safeguarding of intellectual property back at the heart of our local debates:

ICANN (the organisation that manages and regulates domain name delegation on the internet worldwide)

since year 2013, giving all local businesses the ability to target their markets more precisely within the Gulf and Middle East region.

As internet use broadens and more than ever local companies withing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gulf and across the middle east

Since ICAN set in motion of these new domains made the safeguarding of intellectual property back at the heart of our local debates: how can one protect their trademarks locally in Saudi Arabia, Gulf or Middle East and internationally from that cybersquatting with such a comprehensive number of domain name endings available? ICANN swiftly responded by creating the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a huge database in which Saudi and Gulf region trademark owners can register their trademarks and thereby gain full access to a priority registration phase across the Middle East when this new domain endings are launched.

As part of K®️ Kenzie of Saudi Gulf small- and large-sized local business solutions, we let all our Saudi, Gulf and Middle East customers entrust K®️ Kenzie of Saudi with registering your local and international trademark with TMCH to benefit of its protections and allow our local Saudi, Middle East customers to focus on what is crucial: which is your trademark strategy.

To understand the urgency to protect your domain names, it is imperative for you to understand what capacity they play. A domain name is the internet address used by online users to access a website. Just like home or business address i.e., where people can find your business, in a way, it is the front window of your online shop, and it advances your business’s credibility and its image online globally. But a domain name is also a central hub for all your digital services and social media networks, like for instance, email addresses. So, it brings together simultaneously all aspects of our local and Middle East online business.

To understand the urgency to protect your domain names, it is imperative for you to understand what capacity they play. A domain name is the internet address used by online users to access a website. Just like home or business address i.e., where people can find your business, in a way, it is the front window of your online shop, and it advances your business’s credibility and its image online globally. But a domain name is also a central hub for all your digital services and social media networks, like for instance, email addresses. So, it brings together simultaneously all aspects of our local and Middle East online business.

Simultaneously, absent restrictions implemented by the registries, the registration of domain names is open globally to anyone and everyone but remember the age restrictions in some countries. Starting at just a few Riyals, anyone is free to register the domain name of their choosing at the point of registration, whether it is the intellectual property of someone else or not locally or in intentionally, so long as the domain name is available. This makes domain names easy prey for cybercriminals who want to make a profit off a well-known local or international brand through such malicious activities, and consequentially, tarnish our local and international brand’s image.

That is one of the reasons why you should consider domain names, just like your local and international brand name and extent, as strategic intellectual property assets that you need to protect, particularly using the TMCH service to register your brand name.

Even today in online business world, dozens of new domain endings are set to be released on the market day in day out, to which will most certainly be added more in a future new gTLD program in the coming years, posing a real threat to local and international businesses. The main virtue of registering a trademark with the TMCH is that it will protect you from this local and international threat by guaranteeing priority access for registering the corresponding domain name of your choice or brand.

Habitually, with each launch of a new domain ending, there are three stages:

A mandatory, 30-day minimum stage called “Sunrise,” during which only those who have registered a trademark with the TMCH can register a domain name at this stage

A “Land rush” or “Early Access Period (EAP)” stage that can follow distinct rules depending on the registry (including different eligibility criteria, first come first served registration vs. based on assessing applications, or even based on auctions among all the local requestors), during which it is by and largely possible to register a domain name in priority, for a higher fee

A final “all in all availability” stage of starting on the “Go-Live” date, during which domain names can be registered at their standard price with standard prerequisite

By registering your trademark with the TMCH, then registering the correlating domain name during the Sunrise release stage for each new domain ending, you can protect yourself from cybersquatting on that domain before it becomes available to the local public.

Additional advantage of registering a trademark with the TMCH is that it lets you gain from Trademark Claims. This intelligence system, allowed by the rules by ICANN, it acts like an intelligence monitoring service on all new generic domain endings (gTLDs). If a third party registers a domain name exactly matching your trademark, you will be automatically notified, letting you take the obligatory measures to protect yourself and local brand from cybersquatting. Since the biggening of August 2020, this intelligence alerting system has been extended to registrations of .com domains using trademarks protected by the TMCH.

Furthermore, throughout new domain launch stages (besides Sunrise) and for 90 days following the Go-Live date, if a third party tries to register a domain name that matches your trademark, they will be alerted before completing the process that our local brand holds the rights to that trademark. Ignoring and continuing to choose and proceed with registration despite their advanced warning can help make the case that the individual was acting in bad faith and intention, should you have to go through extra-judiciary trademark proceedings to reclaim the domain name then this means you might win fair and square.

Opting in for the TMCH intelligence alert service, then, it means actively protecting your trademarks online.

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Registering your trademark with TMCH is an administrative action that is available to:

  • Trademarks registered at a national or regional level
  • Trademarks validated by a local court ruling
  • Trademarks protected by a local law or treaty

As part of K®️ Kenzie of Saudi Gulf dedicated small to large sized businesses solution within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Gulf and across the Middle East region, our dedicated trademarks team takes care of everything: you provide us all the documents linked to your ownership of the local Saudi or international trademark and we will take care of the trademark registration procedure with Trademark Clearinghouse—a simplified and streamline process that lets you focus on the essentials of your Saudi Arabian business: your trademark strategy is handled with care and attention throughout the vetting and processing stage.