SSL Certificate stands for Secure Socket Layer. SSL Certificates secures sensitive information when it travels through the internet. The whole process works by encrypting data so that only the server you are sending it to can read it.
This process is done through two key pairs. One is a public key and the other is a private key. The public key is freely distributed and contains code to encrypt secured data so that only the code contained in the private key can decrypt it. The private key is held securely on the server that you are sending the information. SSL certificates verify that the server you are sending your data to be controlled by the individual or organization it claims to be.
Here are some points, which help you to acknowledge the authenticity of the SSL certificate.
- You can see at the address bar prefix https:// instead of http://, which indicates that the website is having an SSL certificate. If the website is having an SSL certificate you can put your sensitive information on it.
- You can see an icon of a lock on the bottom of your website. This is the confirmation that this website is secure with an SSL certificate. Having an SSL certificate to your website means security to your website and the trust of your customer.
- If you click on the icon of a lock, you can see the certificate detail. All SSL certificates are issued by Certificate Authorities. The Certificate Authorities are the organizations, which give assurance for the authenticity of the SSL certificate.
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