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SSL certification is the process of providing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates for secure online transactions. SSL certificates use an encryption technology that establishes an encrypted connection between a website user's Web server and website visitor's Web browser, enabling private data transmission without issues like tampering, forgery or eavesdropping.
SSL certification is often used for securing data transfer, credit card transactions and logins. It also is becoming a standard for secure browsing on social media sites.
SSL certificates bind the name of a server, domain or host with an organization's location and identity.
Key SSL certificate features include:
A website's SSL certificate is installed on its server. A SSL-certified website is indicated by one or more of the following:
SSL certificate details can be found on a SSL-protected site by clicking: padlock icon > More Information > View Certificate. Steps may vary by browser, but the certificate always provides the same information.SSL certificates are issued by a SSL Certificate Authority.