SSL Certificate Protocol
What is SSL?
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for creating an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between web server and browser remains private and secure. SSL is an industry standard used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers. In order to generate an encrypted link (signified by the gold padlock in the information tool bar and for URL with https:// instead of http://), a web server requires an SSL Certificate.
Why SSL is Essential
If your company makes it your mission to provide customers with a positive experience you want your online customers to be confident that they can order from you safely and securely. Securing your online payment area so that customer data is protected from prying eyes.
Look to Comodo™, the world-renowned Certification Authority, for your security Certificate. Comodo™ is the second largest Certification Authority in the world and is Web Trust compliant. Our business practices and processes have been rigorously audited by an independent auditor (KPMG), and meet AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) guidelines.
To qualify to receive a SSL Certificate from Comodo™ we perform a validation check elements that include as our ownership of web domain, as well as other details pertaining to the legitimacy of your business. This level of validation provides customers with peace of mind when buying online.
You can even prove validity of SSL Certificates for yourself by downloading the free Verification Engine from Comodo™. This software allows you to verify the authenticity of a Certificate outside of your web browser, where no fake or fraudulent web site can affect the result.
Why is SSL important?
Since SSL protocol was released by Netscape as a security technology in 1996. We have all been educated to look for a padlock before passing any critical details over the Internet. Technically, the SSL protocol provides an encrypted link between two parties. However to the consumer, seeing the padlock in your browser means much more:
- That you have a secure (encrypted) link with this web site
- That this web site is a valid and legitimate organization or an accountable legal entity
As well as ensuring that your details remain secure during a transaction, we know that you also care whether the web site you are dealing with is legitimate. In order to solve the critical issue of identity assurance as well as information security on the Internet, the efforts of SSL Providers (Certification Authorities), consumer magazines and industry bodies have rightly resulted in the padlock becoming synonymous with trust and integrity.