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How an SSL Certificate Helps Enterprises to Ensure Website Security?

  • April 3rd, 2017
  • By Amal S
  • Blog
  • Due to the proliferation of online business operations, websites have become crucial for the success of any business. It becomes your brand, storefront and most often the contact with the customers. SSL certificates ensure the credibility of the websites by digitally binding a cryptographic key to an organization’s certification details. Companies need to deploy the SSL Certificate onto its web server for initiating secure web browsing sessions. If the website is not trusted, it will display error messages to the end user, and be resulting the reader to turn away from the website. In business, such security concerns may prevent consumers from accessing the website information. So the website security is directly proportional to the website traffic and thereby customer involvement. This blog provides everything you should know before building a secure website with SSL certificate.

    What is an SSL Certificate?

    The small data file which can digitally integrate the cryptographic key to an organization’s details is known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. Once installed, SSL activates the padlock, the https protocol and allows only secure connections from a web server to a browser.  Apart from securing data transfer, logins, and credit card transactions, now it is being used as a norm for ensuring safe browsing of social media sites. Being a certification, it connects:

    • A domain name and hostname
    • A location and an organizational identity

    Depending upon the type of SSL certificates applied, organizations have to go through different levels of vetting. Once the website is made secure, the traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure.

    What are the Types of SSL Certificates?

    Instead of those certificates issued and verified by a trusted authority, many organizations are using self-signed SSL Certificates. Even though such certificates are free of charge,  it can end up costing more in the long run. The major types of a certificate issued by the Certificate Authority are:

    1. Extended Validation (EV) SSL
    2. Organization Validation (OV) SSL
    3. Domain Validation (DV) SSL

    Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates:

    In this case, the Certificate authority checks the right of the applicant in using the domain name and along with that conducts a detailed vetting of the organization. The EV certification include

    • verification of the physical, legal and operational existence of the entity
    • Identity verification of the entity with official records
    • Checking whether the entity has the right to use the domain specified in the EV SSL Certificate
    • Verification to check whether the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV SSL Certificate

    Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates:

    Here also the CA authenticates the right of the applicant to use the particular domain and conducts a detailed verification of the organization as well. When the customer clicks on the ‘Secure Site Seal’, they get the information of the owner of the website and associated enhanced trust.

    Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates:

    It provides an easy and quick way to for securing the websites. Even though the certificate checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name, in this case, other than encryption information, no company identity information is vetted in the Secure Site Seal.

    Conclusion:

    SSL certifications are essential for secure Internet operations through websites. It also protects your sensitive information which travels through the wide computer networks of the world. It not only provides security to the websites but also ensures the integrity of the user’s personal information. Website credibility is crucial in building trust with the customers and organizations have the option to select the right type of SSL certificate according to their industry, size, products or services. Install SSL certificates to your website and create a secure environment for yourself and for the users.

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