What is an SSL certificate?


The concept of a SSL certificate?

According to the Official Translation, An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology. Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key.

 

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. When a certificate is successfully installed on your server, the application protocol (also known as HTTP) will change to HTTPs, where the ‘S’ stands for ‘secure’. Depending on the type of certificate you purchase and what browser you are surfing the internet on, a browser will show a padlock or green bar in the browser when you visit a website that has an SSL Certificate installed

Why Use SSL?

  • To Gain Your Customers’ trust.
  • To protect yourself and clients from Hacking.
  • To be able to collect payments.
  • Because some governments require it for certain websites.

BOTTOM LINE – DATA SENT IS MORE SECURE BECAUSE IT IS ENCRYPTED

 

If you are trying to gather personal data from subscribers, an SSL is Highly recommended because this protects it from hackers and identity thieves.. If money is being exchanged, it is mandatory!!!

 



Why do SSL Certificates protect you from phishing

A phishing email is an email sent by a criminal who tries to impersonate your website. The email usually includes a link to their own website or uses a man-in-the-middle attack to use your own domain name. Because it is very difficult for these criminals to receive a proper SSL certificate, they won’t be able to perfectly impersonate your site. This means that your users will be far less likely to fall for a phishing attack because they will be looking for the trust indicators in their browser, such as a green address bar, and they won’t see it.

Disadvantages of SSL Certificates

With so many advantages, why would anyone not use SSL? Are there any disadvantages to using SSL certificates? Cost is an obvious disadvantage. SSL providers need to set up a trusted infrastructure and validate your identity so there is a cost involved. Because some providers are so well known, their prices can be overwhelmingly high. Performance is another disadvantage to SSL. Because the information that you send has to be encrypted by the server, it takes more server resources than if the information weren’t encrypted. The performance difference is only noticeable for web sites with very large numbers of visitors and can be minimized with special hardware.

Proper use of SSL certificates will help protect your customers, help protect you, and help you to gain your customers trust and sell more of what you are offering.

if you need assistance in setting up a SSL certificate or have further questions, please feel free to contact us.