As we experience the huge shift of doing everyday tasks such as banking, applying for credit cards and loans, or renewing driver licenses online, the importance of security and protecting our sensitive information increases as well. How do websites accomplish this? With SSL Certificates! Data travels from computer to computer, as that is the make up of the internet, ripe for the picking from nefarious third parties. SSL Certificates ensure a layer of security for the transit of information. Even if those same nefarious third parties get their grubby hands on your sensitive information, it is encrypted so strongly that it would literally take them a trillion years to decipher. By then you'll be long gone and won't care (hopefully) even if they somehow live long enough to decipher your information.
Anyway, to learn a little more about SSL Certificates - what they do and why you might need one - we have a new article available in the resource section. Here is a short excerpt from SSL Certificate - What it is and Who Needs One:
You’re probably wondering now what exactly an SSL Certificate is. To understand this, we first need took at the underlying technology: SSL. SSL is an acronym for secure socket layers. Secure socket layers was developed in 1994 by Netscape Communications as a method of encryption to protect data transmitted over the internet. At this time, when the internet was still relatively young, there was already a growing concern over just how safe and secure the internet was when it came to people transmitting their personal information.
Because of the nature of the internet, information gets sent across several different computers on the way to its destination. Through the hops along different computers is where third parties can intercept data. This is where an SSL Certificate comes into play. An SSL Certificate consists of a public key and a private key. When a company installs an SSL Certificate on their website, information that is sent from users is encrypted using the public key. When the encrypted information is received by the company, they use the private key to decipher it. Strong levels of encryption are used making it nearly impossible for an unauthorized third party to decipher the information without the private key.