Sometimes, internet browsing would be somehow fearful when it comes to personal information. Like your social security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, and other things like that. Once this information is known, many things can be done. Actually, it attracts hackers to these essential information like online stores, banking websites and social networks that leads hackers to identity theft. But you shouldn’t be worry about these issues as there are defenses put into place to protect the user from having their information stolen. One such method of defense is an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate.
What an SSL Certificate Is
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate and individuals and organizations can purchase it. Actually, it allows them for a secure connection between a web server and a browser.
The SSL certificate contains information about the name of the certificate holder, the certificates serial number and expiration date, a copy of the certificate holder’s public key, and the digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority. Actually, in this way the website is authenticated, and it proves that the website is really what it claims to be and not hackers posing as that website.
Websites that have SSL certificate are shown with HTTPS in the URL. In fact it is the combination of HTTP and SSL.
For What Reason It Is Used
An SSL certificate is used in order to keep the connection between a client and a server. Like a mail server and a mail client or or a web server and a browser. By using SSL technology, it authenticates the identity of the website and encrypts the information. When sending information across the web, it is transmitted from computer to computer and it makes it vulnerable to hackers and anyone who has malicious purposes like intercepting it.
SSL certificates ensures a secure browsing session with encryption. Actually, it means that users shouldn’t be worry about being intercepted by crackers or hackers. They can input their personal information or their credit card numbers into a website and send that information digitally.
Who Use It?
Anyone who needs to provide secure browsing sessions for their users will implement the use of SSL certificates. Like email services, certain social networks, online banking websites and the like. It makes your website trustworthy for the customers and Internet users.
It exists for websites such as Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Gmail, as well as Bank of America, Storenvy, Etsy, and more. As you you know, all of them are deal with sensitive personal information.
Is SSL Certificate Needed for Us?
Actually, it depends. If you host a web server where people are sending and receiving information which may be sensitive, like credit card numbers, using an SSL certificate may be for the best. As mentioned before, having it shows your users that your site is trustworthy. Of course, just using a certificate doesn’t exclude your site from attacks, so it is still up to the user to remain vigilant.
How to Get SSL Certificate?
It is best to take some steps first before ordering your SSL certificate, to make the process easier on you. First, get your server set up and your WHOIS report updated. Then, generate a CSR on the server, or a Certificate Signing Request, which is a block of encrypted text on the server, containing information that will eventually be put into the certificate and submitted the CSR to the Certificate Authority, a third party offering the certificate, along with any other info they request.
Make sure you have a unique IP for the server. Your domain can then be validated, and if your CSR is accepted, you will receive a certificate to install onto your server.
The price of SSL certificate can vary. There are ways, of course, ways to get free SSL certificates, but more often than not you will end up having to pay for a certificate. GoDaddy offers SSL certificates for as low as $55.99, as does Digicert for anywhere from $175 to $595 for a one-year certificate.
Closing It Out
It is difficult to trust a website without an SSL certificate, and I wouldn’t recommend giving any sensitive personal information to such a website. If you have a large website, and deal with personal information of your users, I do recommend that you invest in an SSL certificate. Your users will appreciate it.
Have you obtained an SSL certificate before? What was your experience with it? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!