Today I’m going to chat a little bit about the chain of trust and how it pertains to website owners. You see, not that long ago Google made the rule that each website on the internet had to have a secure connection. This is called an SSL which is what most bloggers have to have, and if you don’t have one by now? Then get one!

Most hosts offer this secure chain of trust within their hosting plan while others want a more extensive secure chain of trust. If you run a website that handles a lot of secure data or you just need to ensure that the chain of trust isn’t broken within your website, then you’ll want to go a step further than the free SSL most hosting plans offer.

What is the chain of trust?

This is more than just another blog website. The chain of trust is something that allows multiple people to have a key and thus this helps keep the key secure for each person. That’s sort of my dumbed-down way to say it.

Wikipedia defines the chain of trust as, “A chain of trust is designed to allow multiple users to create and use the software on the system, which would be more difficult if all the keys were stored directly in hardware.”

So you can see the chain of trust is something that one would use if they have a way for multiple users to create and use some sort of software on their system. I’m trying to think of an example of the entrepreneurs out there that frequent my site …

Basically, your digital SSL which is a security thing uses the chain of trust certificate chain to make sure that your SSL is legit and secure. I suppose that’s the best example I’m going to give you with the chain of trust as it pertains to computer security.

The certificate chain of trust basically uses this process that will help validate the identity of a specific website or organization. This is done in the background whenever you load a secure website.

What is a secure website?

Well, a secure website will have a little lock beside the name in the domain name URL area on the browsers. This lock will show locked, and if not then it’s not a secure website.

Non-secure websites are common and they don’t cause issues if you don’t put any personal details in. For example; you wouldn’t want to buy content from my online shop if this site didn’t have a secure lock in the field above where my BrandyEllen(dot)com URL is seen.

That would be risky!

So ultimately the certificate chain of trust is all about the little SSL certificate that your host provides you with. Again, you can purchase high-end security certificates to keep the certificate chain of trust a bit stronger when you’re dealing with more users, data, and so forth.

You can research this topic a bit more or ask your tech support person about the certificate chain of trust to ensure you’re website is safe and secure for the consumers who purchase from your site.