How SSL Certificates Work
- A browser or server attempts to connect to a Website, a.k.a. Web server, secured with SSL. The browser/server requests that the Web server identify itself.
The Web server sends the browser/server a copy of its SSL certificate.
The browser/server checks to see whether or not it trusts the SSL certificate. If so, it sends a message to the Web server.
The Web server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgement to start an SSL encrypted session.
Encrypted data is shared between the browser/server and the Web server.
There are many benefits to using SSL Certificates. Namely, SSL customers:
- Get HTTPs which elicits a stronger Google ranking
- Create safer experiences for your customers
- Build customer trust and improve conversions
- Protect both customer and internal data
- Encrypt browser-to-server and server-to-server communication
- Increase security of your mobile and cloud apps
To learn more, check out our Understanding Digital Certificates & Secure Sockets Layer paper, which explains what secure sockets layer (SSL) digital certificates are and why they are essential to providing secure online transactions.
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