What is an SSL Certificate? What is an encrypted website?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, protocol used for transmitting private documents via the Internet.
The digital certificate incorporates 128-bit SSL certificate technology. The use of 128-bit SSL certificates
has become 'industry standard' for any site that collects private information from users.
The SSL certificate ensures that when the user types in their password, no one can 'sniff' it off the internet line and use it. Without SSL encryption the password would be transmitted in plain text, easy to read with the right tools. SSL encrypts the information transmitted back and forth. It provides end-to-end protection.
A digital certificate provides users with the following:
Confirmation of Identity
The user sending the information is assured of the identity of the party controlling the server, and therefore
is the intended recipient of the communication. A third-party will verify that the information came from a
Guarantee of Non-interception
The information will not be intercepted between the user's browser and the server, and is not deciphered or
interpreted by anyone other than the intended recipient.
Your communications are secured by a properly authenticated web certificate as evidenced by the appearance
of a small padlock icon in the frame of your browser. Those are often seen when you log into a bank account
or any e-commerce websites. Sites that require an SSL connection start with https: instead of http:
The Steps of the Secure Handshake
The browser checks the certificate to make sure that the site you are connecting to is the real site
and not someone intercepting and spoofing the site.
It is determined what encryption types the browser and web site server can both use to understand each other.
'The business handshake.' The browser and server send each other unique codes to use when
encrypting any information that will be sent.
'The sealed information passes from the client to the messenger to the business.' The browser and
server use the encryption to start talking; the web browser shows the encrypting icon, and web pages are
processed as secured.
SSL provides reassurance to the customer that their credit card number or contact information that is
being collected is protected on the website by encrypting that data when it gets sent. SSL creates a
secure connection between a client and a server, over which any amount of data can be sent securely.