What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL Certificate is a small data file that digitally binds a cryptographic key to an organization’s information. Once the SSl is installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol (over port 443) and allows the secure connection between a web server and a browser. Usually, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer or logins, however recently it is becoming the norm to also extend to secure browsing in social media sites.

SSL Certificates pull together…

The domain name and server or hostname. A company’s identity, for example a company name or location.
A company should install an SSL Certificate on its web server to enable secure sessions in browsers. Depending on the type of SSL Certificate required, the company or individual will be asked for varying levels of information. Once the SSL has been installed, viewers will be able to connect to the website using https://www.domain.com, as this informs the server that it is to establish a secure connection with the browser. Once the secure connection has been established, all of the web traffic between the web server and the web browser will now be secured. The browser tells visitors that a website is SSL secure.

SSL Certificate – Protection

When an SSL certificate is used, the information on the website then becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server to which the information is being sent. This now protects it from hackers and identity thieves. Companies use SSL to gain the trust of their customers!
Web browsers give visual cues, like the lock icon or the green bar (shown below), to let visitors know that they have a secure connection. This simply means that they will trust your website more and as such they will be more likely to purchase from your website. As your SSL provider we can issue you with a seal to ensure that your website viewers will know that your site is a trustworthy place where they can enter their credit card information.


PCI Compliance

It is also important to know that can not take credit card information on your site unless you have passed certain audits such as PCI compliance which require a proper SSL certificate.

SSL Certificate protects you from phishing emails

Phishing emails are emails sent by criminals who are trying to impersonate your website. This email normally includes a link to their  website. Due to the difficulty that these criminals have in receiving a proper SSL certificate, they will not be able to  impersonate your site exactly. The result of this is that your website viewers will be less likely to fall for a phishing attack since they will be searching for the usual trust indicators in their browser, such as a green address bar, and of course it will not be there.

If you are interested in having an SSL certificate installed on your site, it is imperative that you properly use SSL on all websites that require the sending of sensitive information. The proper use of SSL certificates will help to protect your clients, protect you, and help you to gain your customers trust and so sell more.

Contact us today to have one of our SSL experts handle this for you!