What is an SSL Certificate? 5 Frequently Asked SSL Questions
Websites can be a tricky thing. There’s a lot more that goes into them besides a great design and user functionality. The ‘backend’ or technical side of your website has hoops to jump through and ways to make your website perform better. One topic that often surfaces during website work are SSL certificates. What are they, how do they work, why do I need one … the list can go on and on.
I sat down and broke down the five most frequently asked questions about SSL certificates to help provide more education and understanding around the topic. Technical aspects of a website can be a bit confusing, but we tried to break it down in a way that’s a bit easier to understand.
What is an SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. According to ssl.com, this “is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private.” In other words, an SSL make your website safe for you, your visitors, and the information stored there. Without an SSL the information exchanged or shared on your website is susceptible to hackers and internet bots. Think of it as your website’s personal bodyguard.