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All you need to know about SSL

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What is SSL?

SSL (Secure-Sockets Layer) protects data that is being transferred from the visitor’s website to your server. It creates a secure session in which the data that is being transferred is encrypted, therefore, secure. So all kinds of data transmitted through this link are safe and secure. SSL is also used for encrypting emails, forms, and other sorts of significant data.

How does it function?

The SSL protocol’s purpose is to serve as a mechanism for securing information that is being sent across the internet. One main keyword that almost entirely describes SSL is “key”. When secured information is sent across the deep and dangerous web, it is locked with a “key” which the sender and receiver both possess. When the data reaches it’s destination, the “key” enables the receiver to open the untouched data.

Why does my website have to contain SSL encryption?

SSL is absolutely essential for any website containing sensitive information. If you transport sensitive information through various computers and networks without protection (in this case, SSL), it’s like leaving your safety deposit box open. It will invite hackers and malicious individuals to steal the particular information.

Secondly, SSL ensures that you or your customers conduct a safe transaction. SSL is a guarantee that not one hacker can intercept and misuse the information being sent. Without SSL, customers’ personal information such as credit card numbers or addresses has the tendency to be hijacked and eventually, abused.

With the increasingly high demand of safety by customers today, nothing can be taken for granted. With SSL installed in your website, it will assure your customers safety and build reliability. SSL guarantees that your customers won’t be exposed to any kinds of risks in sending information over networks.

If your website conducts transactions and sell products online, it is crucial that you have SSL. One being that you handle significant material on a day-to-day basis.

How do I know if a website in SSL encrypted?

There are two distinct ways we know if a website is SSL encrypted.

1)      Checking the URL- usually a URL of a website would contain the normal “http”, but if the website is SSL encrypted, the URL in the address bar will have an “https”.  Whenever a secure connection is opened the URL will automatically change to an “https”

2)      The lock icon- if a website is encrypted with SSL a lock icon will appear on the bottom of your browser (IE and Mozilla) or in the address bar (Google Chrome). This is a standard adopted by most web browsers.

 

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