WHAT IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE ?
SSL which means Secure Sockets Layer is an internet protocol that provides security over the net by establishing an encrypted link between a browser and a web server. All the data exchanged between the web server and the browser is encrypted.
- When a client goes to a secured website, the server shares the public key with the client and sends a copy of the SSL certificate
- The client confirms that he trusts the issuer of the SSL certificate.
- From this moment, there is a secure connection that protects message integrity.
To implement a SSL connection, you need an encryption key provided by a Certification Authority.
The web server will create 2 keys: a Public and a Private key. The CSR is a document that contains all your details and information.
Depending on the type of SSL Certificate chosen, it will involve different levels of vetting.
Once a secured connection is established, you can view your SSL Certificate by clicking on the padlock and get all information about the company and its website.