Majority of SSL certificates expire but we have good news for you. We can install an SSL certificate that does not expire at a very affordable cost. Having an expired SSL certificate on your site is like going to fetch water with a leaking can. Although there will be a probability of getting home with some water, there is a likelihood that you can also get home without water. This type of uncertainty is exactly what happens when the SSL on your site expires. There is no guarantee that the information shared on the site is secure although a majority of the certificate authority companies maintain that encryption continues even when the certificate expires. However, if this were the case, what would be the point of renewing?
Answering this question honestly will give you the right direction to take. Majority of the certification authorities will prompt you to renew your SSL when it nears expiry. You have the option of redeeming your SSL up to 30 days after the expiry. Don’t compromise your visitor’s information or give the browsers an option to mark your site as insecure because of failure to have a valid SSL. Take a step to renew your SSL certificate right now. If you are confused about which options suit you, check the following options at SiteMax.
To be more specific an SSL certificate expires just like any other legal document. Once the certificate expires, protection ceases. Data shared between a browser and server with an expired SSL is not safe from the preying eyes of hackers. We cannot categorically state whether there is any grace period offered to an SSL holder after it expires.
How different browsers display an expired SSL certificate:
- Google Chrome displays a red padlock and warns the user that the connection is not private. It also alerts the user that attackers might be trying to steal confidential information like passwords and credit card credentials
- Firefox displays a grey padlock with a red line across it and shuts down the connection.
- Internet Explorer on the other hands warns the user that the site they are trying to view has no valid SSL or is not properly configured but gives them the option of either terminating or continuing with the connection
It’s recommended that any error message received should be read in full and an appropriate step taken. Data theft is real and any warnings should not be ignored. It’s better to be safe than sorry. There are certain pieces of information that if leaked can do great harm to the business.
When an SSL expires all its functionality becomes null and void. Even if you were to incur a loss while using that certificate you would only have yourself to blame. Browsers give warnings when you try to complete a transaction on a site with an expired SSL certificate. Although there are claims that the encryption still remains up to 30 days after the expiration, it’s always advisable to renew the certificates on time.