Use SSL Certification to Secure your Website
A Brief on SSL Certification
SSL or as the full form goes “Secured Socket Layer”, is a security method that protects the transfer of sensitive information being shared over the web. The information could be your credit card details, social security numbers, bank transfer codes or username and passwords. When anyone sends a data from browser to a web server, it is transferred as a plain text which increases the risk of being tracked by a hacker.
SSL certification allows the encryption of data which is being transferred, by utilizing public and private key that works in unity to establish an encrypted connection thereby ensuring a safe communication.
Types of certificates:
Domain validated or Low assurance Certificate is a standard certificate recommended for internal systems. Automated validation guarantees that the domain name is registered and that an administrator validates it. In order to complete the validation the website admin should either confirm by a mail or configure a DNS record for the site.
An organisation – Validated or high assurance certificate is recommended for all businesses and companies. This type of certification requires a real agent to approve the domain ownership along with organisation details like Name and address and an additional document to verify the company.
Extended Validation Certificate is recommended for all E-Commerce websites. This certificate checks to ensure that the business is a legal entity and requires business information be provided as proof of domain ownership. Standard SSL certificates do not represent that your website is being operated by a legitimate, verified business.
Benefits of SSL
The advantage of utilizing an SSL certification is that it offers a security assurance amid the online exchange of delicate data.
Many a times, when a website is secured by a free or self-signed SSL certification, most web browsers will post an error message (Figure 2) whenever a user visits that website. While some users may proceed anyway, it’s much likely that many will click “back to safety” button and never return.
By offering an encrypted protection during the online transfer of sensitive information, SSL helps you gain the trust of users visiting your website and protects against phishing schemes.
Along with this, Google presents a slight Ranking boost to your website if it’s using the HTTPS protocol.
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