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 a web server and a 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 mission is to provide customers with a positive experience you want your online customers to be confident that they can order from you safely and securely. Secure 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 that includes the ownership of web domain and 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 the validity of an 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 the 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
SSL ensures that your information remains secure during a transaction, but we know that you also care whether the web site you are dealing with is legitimate. Identity assurance and information security on the Internet is a critical issue, but thanks to the efforts of SSL Providers (Certification Authorities), consumer magazines and industry bodies the padlock has become synonymous with trust and integrity.