Do you have questions? Like what’s an SSL and what does it do? Well Covvo, which works and develops sites has been asked this many times “What is an SSL? What does it do and do I need it?” This is an important question for anyone involved in the web to understand. SSL is a standard internet protocol which establishes a secure encrypted connection between a web server and the browser of a visitor.
Reason for SSL Certificates
Encrypt Sensitive Information
The most important reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is passed from one machine to another to get to the destination server. Any computer in between the visitor and the server can try and capture and see any 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. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.
What Information has to be Secured by SSL?
All information which you want to protect against unauthorized access by third parties. For example:
- Credit Card information
- Shopping cart and order information
- Financial transaction data
- Personal contact data
- Registration information and account data
In addition to encryption, a proper SSL certificate also provides authentication. This means you can be sure that you are sending information to the right server and not to a criminal’s server. Why is this important? The nature of the Internet means that your customers will often be sending information through several computers. Any of these computers could pretend to be your website and trick your users into sending them personal information. It is only possible to avoid this by using a proper Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and getting an SSL Certificate from a trusted SSL provider.
Gain Your Customers’ Trust
Browsers give visual clues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know the site connection is secured. SSL providers will also give you a trust seal that gives customer a sense of security when purchasing products from your site.
It is also important to be PCI compliant when taking credit card information on your website unless you pass certain audits such as PCI compliance which require a proper SSL certificate.
Let Covvo help in making sure you have the right type of SSL and protect your company when transferring sensitive information. You can find out more information today by contacting Covvo.