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What is my SNI Hostname ?

This article provides you with information on how to find your SNI hostname.

SNI stands for Server Name Indication and is an extension of the TLS protocol. It indicates which hostname is being contacted by the browser at the beginning of the handshake process. This technology allows a server to connect multiple SSL Certificates to one IP address.

To get to your SNI hostname we would advise performing a lookup on your website address as per below:

  • Open Cmd > ping your website address

  • Then reverse ping  the IP address your website name resolves to

In the example here our SNI hostname is  front.1-grid.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is SNI important for web security?
    SNI is crucial for web security because it enables a server to associate multiple SSL certificates with a single IP address. This means that different websites hosted on the same server can have their own SSL certificates, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of data between the server and the client. Without SNI, it would be challenging to secure multiple websites on a shared hosting environment.
  • Are there any limitations to SNI?
    While SNI offers numerous advantages, it’s important to note that it may not work with older web browsers and operating systems. Some outdated or less common browsers do not support SNI, which can lead to compatibility issues. However, as modern technology advances, SNI support is becoming more widespread, making it a viable solution for most websites.
Updated on November 13, 2023

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