What is SSL?

What is SSL

Secure Sockets Layer, SSL, is the standard security technology for creating an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers. In order to be able to generate an SSL link, a web server requires an SSL Certificate. When a SSL Certificate is installed, it can be used to create secure links to protect transactions, passwords, personal details, etc.

What is a SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates, also known as public key certificates or Digital Certificates, are essential to secure Internet browsing. They are electronic documents that are digitally signed and are used to confirm the identity of whoever sends a piece of data. This is vital for e-commerce transactions because it provides a digital "paper trail" and verification system. It would be very difficult to know whether your data was being compromised by a third party without digital certificates.

Digital certificates are processed and transmitted using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, or the more recent Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. These protocols allow two computers to set up secure connections between each other. It also negotiates several sets of confirmations to ensure that both parties have the appropriate encryption protocols and sets up its own encryption session for the connection itself, beyond the data. This second layer of protection prevents hackers from intercepting signed data and injecting their own packets into the connection, or otherwise messing with the certificate.

How do you know if a site is SSL Certified?

The best way to tell that a site is using a valid SSL certificate is to look to the address bar in your browser. Higher end certificates will turn this region green in colour. Clicking on this area will display information about the certificate. A less secure method is to look for HTTPS at the beginning of the URL or address bar:

What is SSL?

Earning customers trust with SSL certificates

The main reason for using SSL is to protect delicate information that is sent over the internet for view to be accessed only by the recipient it is intended for. Information sent over the internet passes through one computer to another before it reaches its server destination and any computer between the sender of the message and the recipient server could access your username, password and credit card numbers. By using a SSL certificate, the information sent cannot be accessed by any party except the server it is being sent to, making it perfect for protecting your information from identity thieves and hackers.

Of course if you run an online business then your first major concern is data security and gaining consumers' trust. With SSL, you are sure to gain your customers' trust because they will be able to access visual cues like the lock that lets your visitors know that they are safe to pass their information on your website and be able to comfortably buy from you.

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