About SSL (Secure sockets layer)
The full form of SSL is Secure Sockets Layer. When SSL move from your computer to your hosting server, then it encrypts the data. In other words, SSL encrypts information as it is transferred across the Internet. SSL is basically used to protect the information which goes through it into the computer and entered on the website. It provides safety to your confidential information like credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or any other information entered into a website. SSL makes you and your clients feel safe, by activating the secure lock in the web browser. Free and shared SSL certificates are automatically included in some shared and reseller packages of SSL by which data can be protected by you as it is being accessed over the Internet. With this, another option is of buying a private SSL certificate which is connected with your own domain name.
About Shared SSL
The advantages of shared SSL can be received by you with shared SSL with charging any price i.e. free of cost which is usually related to setting up of the SSL server. Your web hosting company's SSL certificate can also be used by you with the help of the shared SSL and with this benefit it provides you another benefit also that it allows you to get a secure URL(Uniform Resource Locator) like https://secure.yourhost.tld/~username.
About Private SSL
One of the most important benefits of purchasing the Private SSL is that it allows you to have a dedicated I.P.(Internet protocol) address and buy your own SSL certificate which can be run on the SSL server. Private SSL also allows you get a secure URL like https://secure.yourname.com/.But your web hosting companies name is not included in the URL with private SSL. With the benefits, Private SSL is having one disadvantage also that it requires you to purchase an SSL certificate and have a dedicated I.P. address and due to this, it is very expensive.
What are the differences between shared SSL and private SSL?
The shared SSL is used by all the clients by install globally on the server. Shared SSL will always show a pop-up warning when used because its certificate is configured to work with Site Ground server’s name and its certificate is also self-signed.
On the other hand, trusted authority issues the Private SSL, especially for your domain. Private SSL is recommended by the Site ground Browsers for the profitable projects and it can also bear out the private SSL and will show a secure icon.
HostGator domain is used by shared SSL users instead of your own domain name. When you are using the shared certificate, then there are no browser warnings if you use the secure server name for your account instead of your domain name. If you want to have a secure connection to the server which is not typically seen by the general public then the shared SSL certificate is a right option as it is proposed to be used in situations where you need them. For example, when taking down into the administration area of your website. The disadvantage of shared SSL is that it allows your customers to see your domain in the URL and thus it is not recommended for e-commerce sites. Next demerit of using Shared SSL is that if you make effort to use your domain name with the shared certificate, then it does not provide you any guarantee to work.
On the other hand, private SSL uses your own domain name and will not give you any warning messages. Private SSL is mainly proposed for situations where the general public wants the right to use your site securely and in a safe manner. If you want to protect the credit card information for e-commerce websites, then private SSL is more preferred as your customers will see your domain name in the URL instead of HostGator's, which makes them feel more comfortable and secure while submitting their data.
- Private SSL gives you the assurance of protection through VeriSign, GeoTrust, Thawte, and RapidSSL whereas the Shared SSL does not give you the assurance of protection and it is provided by the hosting provider.
- Private SSL also allows you to displays the owner of the SSL certificate whereas the shared SSL displays Equifax Certificate Authority as the owner
- Private SSL also display the common or universal name of the SSL owner and on the other hand, shared SSL displays *.securesitehosting.net
- Private SSL provides higher level of encryption whereas lowest level of encryption is provided by shared SSL.
- Private SSL particularly uses your domain and avoids warning messages whereas the shared SSL causes warning messages to be displayed.
- Private SSL is confidentially register to your domain name and on the other hand, shared SSL Is shared among different users on your shared hosting platform
- Private SSL may provide you a free security seal and shared SSL does not provide you a security seal.