What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a standard modern technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being transmitted between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information thus transferred, including potential personal details. The two systems can be a server and a client (for example, a shopping website and browser) or server to server (for example, an application with personal identifiable information or with payroll information).
SSL is an industry-standard and is used by millions of websites to protect their online transactions with their customers. If you have ever visited a website using the https:// in the address bar you were creating a secure connection via SSL. If you have an e-shop or sell items via your website, SSL helps in establishing trust with your customers.
Using an SSL certificate creates an encrypted connection between the user’s web browser and the web server. This means that any data transmitted between the web server and the web browser can not be read without first being decrypted. This protects the data from being spied upon by someone else on the internet because they will not be able to understand the encrypted data. Without an SSL, anyone able to see your data transfer would be able to read all data sent or received — including confidential, sensitive information like credit card numbers, aadhar details, email, mobile number, bank details etc.
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