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ssl certificates explained

Updated on April 13, 2011

What makes SSL so Secure?

SSL is a way to send data and messages from a website to your browser. Think of it like a private road to a destination. Normally your internet data come to you via the super highway, and everybody is travelling along that. Normally your not sending any important data down this public highway, but occasionally when you use your credit card details, or some sensitive data, you want your data to go down the private road. This is what SSL does.

What is an SSL certificate?

An SSL certificate is the flag that is loaded onto your webserver to confirm that you are a valid business or individual using the SSL. Your " who is " data is verified to be accurate by the SSL certificate issuer who will check that your certificate data is the same. Once your SSL is on a website, then the address bar will show https insted of the normal http. You will also be able to click to find out some more information about the person who owns and runs the website. Different SSL certificates have a different degree of insurance issued by the certificate issuer. The higher the level of insurance, the more verification required by the website owner.

Where do you obtain a SSL from?

SSL certificates are issued by a number of companies, and range in prices. There are a number of options too, with the level of security you want, and if you want the green bar to show in your address bar. Take note, just because you buy a SSL certificate, doesn't automatically give your website the green bar. This is reserved for the most secure and most expensive SSL certificates. There are a number of different SSL options which you can choose from, depending on what you need. I will advise you off one thing though. If you have a domain, that has main subdomains under it, and you want one SSL to cover them all, then you need to select a wildcard SSL option. This will cover all your domains.

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