Why do we need SSL Certificates?

According to Google, HTTP is a protocol, putting sensitive user data in danger. But the initial idea is that the Internet should be safe and available to everyone – and SSLs help keep that a reality.

By showing the users all about the website security, Google Chrome is doing a necessary step.

And actually, there is no reason not to have SSL and not to have HTTPS. As Google states in its Chromium Blog, with the HTTPS you can improve the performance as well as unlock new features.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that these security protocols are becoming a natural part of any website.

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology. Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key.

A certificate serves as an electronic “passport” that establishes an online entity’s credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user’s browser accesses the server’s digital certificate and establishes a secure connection.

An SSL certificate contains the following information:

  • The certificate holder’s name
  • The certificate’s serial number and expiration date
  • A copy of the certificate holder’s public key
  • The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority

To find product information, please see our SSL Certificate page.