SSL FAQs

What is an SSL?
How does an SSL work?
When do I need an SSL?
What information does an SSL certificate contain?

What is an SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the standard technology used for providing a secure encrypted link between a web server and a browser. Many websites use SSL for protecting the online transactions of their customers.
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How does an SSL work?
To create an SSL connection, an SSL certificate must be installed on the web server that a website is hosted on. Encrypted keys are then used between the browser and the server to transfer data and personal information. A third party known as a Certificate Authority, such as Verisign or Thawte, is used to authenticate the website or company that is using the SSL. The Certificate Authority requires proof of the identity of the company before it issues an SSL certificate. The browser of the visitor will show a lock icon to indicate that the site they are currently at is secure. If a site does not contain a valid SSL certificate, the browser will show a warning message to let the user know the site is not properly secure.
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When do I need an SSL?
An SSL is usually needed when private information needs to be passed from a browser to a website. This may be in the form of an ecommerce site that needs to transfer credit card information, or could be a site that requires a secure, encrypted log in for a particular area of the website. Not having an SSL for an online store that gathers credit card information is likely to lose customers.
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What information does an SSL certificate contain?
Typically an SSL certificate will contain your domain name, your company name and your address as well as the expiration date of the certificate and the details of the Certificate Authority that issued the certificate.
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