SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is an encryption layer that encodes information that is exchanged between a client and a server, protecting the transmission of sensitive and private data.
If your site sends or receives sensitive information, including accepting payment information, account information, or if your site includes a log-on feature, then your site should be secured with a certificate.
An SSL certificate is a file installed on the web server that a web site is running on. This file is composed of two segments. The first is the public key, which encrypts data. The second is the private key, which decrypts data. When a client, such as a web browser, connects to an SSL secured server a unique session is created using these two keys. All data transmitted during this session is protected, and cannot be decrypted by any party other than that specific client and the server.
The Secured Seal is a sign of trust on the Internet. It appears on secured Web pages as a dynamic, animated graphic. Site visitors click on the seal to verify your site information in real time.
The SBS and GlobalSign certificates support the domain name and the "www" record. For GeoTrust, you can only secure one domain name per certificate (yourdomain.name or www.yourdomain.name).
Low assurance certificates that perform domain only verification only encrypt the connection. Higher assurance certificates perform the same encryption, with the addition of the peace of mind for your visitors knowing that the certificate authority has already validated your site as belonging to a legitimate business.
SSL Certificates are compatible with 99.9% of all browsers, including all major web browsers.
The green address bar is a quick and intuitive way to ensure visitors to your site that your business is legitimate and safe. The green bar is only available with Extended Validation (EV) Certificates. Major web browsers, including Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, have integrated anti-phishing protection so that known phishing sites will display a red address bar, whereas sites secured with an EV SSL will display a green address bar – letting visitors know that your business is good to go! Studies have shown a strong, positive impact for businesses that adopt EV SSL – for more information, contact our Sales Department.