Why is an SSL Certificate important?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the most common security technology for implementing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link makes sure that every piece of data that is passed between the web server and browsers stays private and integral.
SSL is an industry standard used by many websites in order to protect their online transactions with the customers.
How can you establish an SSL connection?
In order to make an SSL connection, a web server needs an SSL Certificate. After you decide to activate SSL on your web server you will be asked to complete a number of questions regarding the identity of your website and your company. Your web server will then create two cryptographic keys – One is a Private Key and the second is a Public Key.
The Public Key does not have to be secret; it is established into a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). A data file should also contain your details. You will then submit the CSR.
As the SSL Certificate application processes, the Certification Authority should validate your details and, afterwards, issue an SSL Certificate along with your details which then allows you to use SSL. Your web server will match your issued SSL Certificate to your Private Key and it should then be able to implement an encrypted link between the website and your customer’s web browser.
How does an SSL work?
The complexities of the SSL protocols stay invisible to any customer. Alternatively, their browsers grant them with a key indicator to make sure they know they are currently protected by an SSL encrypted session.
You will notice a lock icon in the lower right-hand corner, after clicking the lock icon it will present to you the SSL Certificate as well as its details. All SSL Certificates are issued to either companies or legally accountable individuals.
What kind of information can you see in the SSL Certificate?
Usually an SSL Certificate will include your company name, domain name, address, city, state, and country. It should also have the expiration date of the Certificate and the details of the Certification Authority responsible for the issuance of the Certificate.
Once a browser connects to a secure site, it will retrieve the site’s SSL Certificate and ensure that it has not expired; if it has been issued by a Certification Authority the browser trusts. Afterwards, it is going to be used by the website for which it has been issued.
In the case that it fails on any of these checks, the browser will alert the end user ensuring that they know that the site is not secured by SSL.
Here is a list of the reasons you might want to get an SSL Certificate.
SSL Certificates protect your sensitive information such as credit card information, usernames, passwords, and more. It will also do the following:
- Keep data secure between servers.
- Improve your Google Rankings.
- Enhances/Builds customer trust.
- Improves conversion rates.
This is all of the information you should need to know about SSL and the reasons you might want to buy one.