SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a technology to encrypt communications between the user and the web server.  It helps to prevent hacker attacks that are based on eavesdropping.  When you use a web page that is protected by SSL, you see a padlock icon that assures you that the page is secure.

Any organization that engages in e-commerce must have an SSL certificate on its Web server to ensure the safety of customer and company information, as well as the security of financial transactions.

This is in short how SSL works.

  1. A browser or server attempts to connect to a Website, a.k.a. Web server, secured with SSL. The browser/server requests that the Web server identify itself.
  2. The Web server sends the browser/server a copy of its SSL certificate.
  3. The browser/server checks to see whether or not it trusts the SSL certificate. If so, it sends a message to the Web server.
  4. The Web server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgment to start an SSL encrypted session.
  5. Encrypted data is shared between the browser/server and the Web server.

There are many benefits to using SSL Certificates. Namely, SSL customers:

  • Get HTTPs which elicits a stronger Google ranking
  • Create safer experiences for your customers
  • Build customer trust and improve conversions
  • Protect both customer and internal data
  • Encrypt browser-to-server and server-to-server communication
  • Increase security of your mobile and cloud apps
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