You already know what an SSL certificate is and how to get an SSL certificate. But how do SSL certificates work, and exactly what does an SSL certificate do? We’ll walk you through the ins and out of SSL certificate functionalities—starting by breaking down the basics.
What Does An SSL Certificate Do?
SSL certificates enable secure online transactions, keeping your company’s customer information protected. Sometimes described as “digital passports,” SSL certificates provide the authentication needed to appropriately protect—and keep private—confidential website and browser communications. This can include anything from credit card information or a social security number to a phone number or billing address.
SSL certificates play an integral part in the data encryption process, initiating secure sessions with your customers’ (or any user’s) browser by digitally connecting your company information to a cryptographic key. But how it does this is another story.
How Do SSL Certificates Work?
While encryption and authentication technology can be quite complex, here’s a simple scenario of how SSL certificates work to make sure your online transactions are secure:
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