What are SSL certificates and why do I need them?

ssl-certificate.pngSSL certificates are an essential component of the data encryption process that make Internet transactions secure. They are electronic files that provide authentication to protect the confidentiality and integrity of website communication with browsers.

The SSL certificate’s job is to initiate secure sessions with a user’s browser via the secure sockets layer (SSL) protocol. This secure connection cannot be established without the SSL certificate, which digitally connects company information to a cryptographic key.

With hackers and identity thieves constantly prowling the Internet for victims, there is a greater need to safeguard information, whether personal, financial, or otherwise, that your Web site sends and receives. One way to protect sensitive information on your Web site is to use an SSL certificate to encrypt information that is sent.

If you are thinking about using an SSL certificate to safeguard your and your customer’s sensitive information, here are some of the important questions that we recommend you ask yourself when you look for an SSL certificate provider.

SSL Certificate Providers

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