What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organizations 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. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfers and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.
Potentially a computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL Certificate. When an SSL Certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to, helping protect is from hackers and identity thieves.
Why do you need an SSL certificate?
SSL Certificate protects your sensitive information and keeps data secure between servers. An organisation needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate a secure session with browsers. Once a secure connection is established, all web traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure.
Web browsers give visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured. This means that they will trust your website more when they see these cues and will be more likely to buy from you.
This is an example of a site that has an SSL Certificate.
Instead of just HTTP sending data, SSL combines with HTTP to form HTTPS, which is a secure way of sending data from one computer to another. A padlock, a green bar, or https in the address bar are all indications that the site you are visiting is protected by an SSL certificate.
Google’s main job is to deliver good and accurate results when someone searches for something. Due to this, Google will soon start demoting sites without an SSL Certificate as they want everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel. In the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar. Chrome currently displays only an icon of a white page when the website you’re accessing is not secured with HTTPS. The change will draw even more attention to the sites that are potentially insecure.
How do I get an SSL Certificate?
It’s easy to get started with SSL. Contact DH Systems and we can guide you through the process and help you purchase the correct SSL certificate and install it on our web server for you.