What is SSL?
SSL certificates, also known as TLS certificates, are an important element of a website that is crucial to its success. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption improves a site’s Google ranking and safeguards customer data.
Why are SSL certificates important? An example.
Having become tired of her old TV, Lisa Smith orders a new one online. After entering and confirming her personal data, the payment is made. Three days later, Lisa is astonished to not only receive her TV but also several spam emails from princes and wealthy heirs.
There’s a simple reason for this. Lisa ordered from a nearby shop she knew, which had only just launched its own online shop. The owner was probably not yet even aware that there was no SSL encryption in place for this online shop. He’d overlooked this detail in his need to get the shop up and running quickly. This made it easy for a petty criminal to read the customer data and use it for spamming.
SSL certificates ensure a secure connection
Such problems for Lisa and online shop owners can be avoided by using SSL certificates. These can be quickly installed in a browser. When you purchase these certificates from SwissSign, you can rely on professional customer support in several languages in case of doubt. Once the connection is secure, a padlock is displayed in Lisa’s browser, indicating a secure HTTPS connection.
This connection acts like a protected tunnel, carrying all information flows to and from the online shop and Lisa’s computer. Before the connection is established, Lisa’s browser verifies the identity of the online shop via its SSL certificate. Once this check has been completed successfully, an encrypted connection is established. This secure communication channel makes it extremely difficult for anyone to steal Lisa’s data and use it for spamming.