Not too long ago SSL certificates were mainly a need for eCommerce and anyone accepting credit card payments on their website. But security breaches aren’t just about credit card information and don’t just happen to big companies or banks. The target here is data. Let’s dive in (without getting overly technical) on a short intro to understanding why an SSL certificate builds trust and why google gives kudos for it.
Understanding SSLSSL stands for (Secure Sockets Layer) – it’s a part of a standard security protocol that secures communications over a server(website) and web browser(E.g. chrome) using encryption. An SSL certificate encrypts data(I.e., credit card info, username, passwords, etc.) that would usually be sent over server and browsers in plain text(HTTP).
How encryption worksEncryption is when data in plain text(I.e. credit card number, shipping information) gets converted using an encryption algorithm creating an encryption key(session key). The text then can only be visible when decrypted with the session key that only the receiving server(your website) has.
HttpsThe S in Https stands for “secure” meaning all critical information communicated between your website and browser is encrypted.
HTTP(Hyper Text Transport Protocol) + Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security(TLS) + Transmission Control Protocol(TCP)= HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS)