How does SSL Certificate Work?

Views:4248 Time:2017-04-13 15:50:06 Author: NiceNIC.NET

How SSL Certificates Work

  1. 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.

  2. The Web server sends the browser/server a copy of its SSL certificate.

  3. The browser/server checks to see whether or not it trusts the SSL certificate. If so, it sends a message to the Web server.

  4. The Web server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgement to start an SSL encrypted session.

  5. 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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