SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer which is used to encrypt any sensitive data in your website from hackers and spammers. When you install an SSL Certificate on your website, the HTTP protocol is converted to HTTPS to indicate that your site is secured. SSL Certificates are issued by SSL Certificate authority. To receive an SSL Certificate, you must purchase for it and then go through a verification process to present the required information to be used in creating your SSL Certificates by the certificate authority.
Benefits of installing SSL Certificates to your website
SSL Certificates can be offered for free like Let’s encrypt and Comodo 90 days free or can be offered for purchase by host companies. Paid SSL certificates are issued and signed by a trustworthy certificate authority.
SSL Certificates have a pair of keys, a private and a public key that work together to establish an encrypted connection.
Types of SSL Certificates
Domain validated Certificates that require the Certificate authority to verify that the user requesting for the certificate is the legal owner of the domain before any SSL Certificate can be issued.
Organization validated Certificates that require the Certificate authority to verify that the business requesting for the certificate is registered and legally owners the business.
Extended validated Certificates used in websites for applications that require, identity assurance such as collecting data, processing logins and online payments.
Wildcard SSL Certificates that are used to secure a domain and unlimited subdomains.
Multi domain SSL Certificates that secure 100 different domains and subdomains using a single certificate.
Unified Communications certificates to secure Microsoft exchange and live communications servers. Allow multiple domain to be secured on a single certificate.
Steps in setting up an SSL Certificate.
Give your website visitors confidence to your site by having SSL Certificates securing your website.