SSL is the acronym of Secure Socket Layer. As the name itself explains, its an additional layer of security that makes your connection secure. It establishes an encrypted link between client and server. A SSL enabled website is not bothered by web browsers like google chrome or any antivirus while others are examined and stopped access by browser or the antivirus.
How does it work?
- In order to provide a high degree of privacy, SSL encrypts data that is transmitted across the web. This means that anyone who tries to intercept this data will only see a random mix of characters that’s impossible to crack.
- It initiates an authentication process called a handshake between client and server to ensure that both devices are really who they claim to be.
- It also digitally signs data in order to provide data integrity, verifying that the data is not tampered with before reaching its intended recipient.
What is an SSL certificate then?
SSL certificates are what enable websites to move from HTTP to HTTPS, which is more secure. An SSL certificate is a file hosted in a website’s server. These certificates make SSL encryption possible, and they contain the website’s public key and the website’s identity, along with related information. Devices attempting to communicate with the origin server will reference this file to obtain the public key and verify the server’s identity. The private key is kept secret and secure.
How is it affecting your business?
Everytime a user tries to visit your website, the browser like google chrome first checks for its SSL. If the site has SSL certificate installed, the browser marks the site as secured. If there is no SSL certificate installed, the browser will mark that website as insecure and will try to scan it first. If the site contains minimal insecure links, it will show a warning that the site is not secure but will give you option to continue. But if the site has multiple insecure links, the browser will try to stop you from visiting this site by showing danger warning and hiding the option to continue. Even though you havent kept anything wrong in your website, it will not allow your visitor to access it which in turn harms your business.
Not only does your website need an SSL certificate, but also every single element of your site needs to be secure, too. When your website has an SSL certificate, it starts with “https” rather than “http”
We at Verisoft Technologies always make sure that our all the websites has a valid SSL certificate installed and always updated.