What is an SSL Certificate?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the World Standard for Web Security. SSL technology confronts the potential problems of unauthorized viewing of confidential information, data manipulation, data hijacking, phishing, and other insidious Web site frauds by encrypting sensitive data so that only authorized recipients can read it.

In addition to preventing tampering with sensitive information, SSL helps, provide your Web site’s users with the assurance of having accessed a valid Web site. Support for SSL is built into all major operating systems, Web applications, and server hardware-meaning that SSL’s powerful encryption technology helps provide your business with a system-wide, liability limiting security blanket for fortifying consumer confidence, boosting the percentage of completed transactions, and enriching the “bottom line”. Due to recent advances in SSL technology, there is a variety of different kinds of SSL. In this paper, we will discuss some of these advances to help you decide which would be best for your organization.

A secure connection has been established between browser and Web site, and the Web site has been authenticated according to rigorous industry standards. In the example below the browser controls the display, pulling information from the SSL Certificate and displaying it in the address and security status bar. Make it extremely difficult for phishes and counterfeiters to hijack your brand and your customers.

Now when shoppers visit a Web site secured with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate, the latest browsers trigger the address bar to turn green and display the name of the organization listed in the certificate as well as the certificate’s security vendor.

The Green Address Bar of Extended Validation SSL

Green Address Bar

Standard SSL Certificates (Domain and Business Validation SSL)

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To view an SSL Certificate, go to a secure site and click on the lock padlock.

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Click on “View certificates”.

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View the authentic inside of the certificate click the “Details” tab

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Click on “Certification Path” to see which Trusted Root Certificate has been using to issue the Certificate

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SSL Certificates can be used for:

  • Authentication: that confirms the identity of someone.
  • Privacy, which ensures that information, is only accessible to the target audience.
  • Encryption: that hides the information so that unauthorized readers are not able to decipher.
  • Digital signature: that provides non-repudiation and message integrity.

These services can be important to the security of your communications. In addition, many applications use certificates, such as e-mail applications and Web browsers.
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About Jay Dan

Jay Dan a chief Technical officer is working since last four years at ClickSSL. Get in touch with him on Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.
 

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