Boardwalk Insurance Group has invested heavily in the use of cutting-edge technologies to make life easier not only for our employees, but also for our valuable clients. From the growing number threats by malicious hackers in the news almost daily, we felt it was necessary to do our part to assure that our website is safe, protecting company and client information.
Therefore, we have introduced the use of a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate in wild card form on our website. According to GoDaddy.com, an SSL certificate is “a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology. Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key. A certificate serves as an electronic “passport” that establishes an online entity’s credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user’s browser accesses the server’s digital certificate and establishes a secure connection.”
Since our website uses multiple sub-domains for our various locations and features, we could not use a regular SSL certificate. We had to go with the “wild card” option which allows an unlimited number of sub-domains to be included within the SSL certificate. This assures that our entire website is secure, not just our main pages.
We want our customers to have trust in that our website is secure and that their information will be transmitted and managed responsibly and heavily encrypted in the event that it falls into the wrong hands.
Insurance agents handle very private information on their clients. It’s imperative that they take measures to keep this information secure. Whether you are a client of our independent insurance agency or not, make sure your agent utilizes an SSL certificate on their website and has other measures in place to secure your personal information in their agency management system, office filing cabinets, etc.
Never fill out a form on a website that is not secure. Contact information is okay, but if you have to provide personal information, such as you do to obtain an insurance quote, be sure to find out if the website is secure. How can you tell if a website is secure? The first option is to look at the address bar where the URL is. If it’s different color than what is usually is, then that means they are using some security measures. The other way is to look for a little padlock icon somewhere in your browser window (usually towards the bottom right of your screen).
Also, most “secure” websites utilize 1024-bit encryption. In 2011, this encryption is not enough. 2048-bit encryption is the way to go now and provides the highest level of security available today. If you are looking to add an SSL certificate to your site, the vendor you use matters. Make sure they are a member of the “Certificate Authority Browser Forum,” an organization which upholds to the most strict standards.
We purchased our SSL certificate from the fine people at GoDaddy.com. They listened to our concerns and suggested the options that would work best for us, while also saving us money as opposed to some of their competitors.