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What does having an SSL certificate mean for a website?

Created: 16 Jan 2014
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Many people visit websites and see some form of notification that signifies that the website that they are accessing has an SSL certificate. This can be represented as an encircled tick mark, which is representative of a particular company providing internet security, or it can be in some other form. Very few internet users will stop for a minute to try and understand the importance of this form of certification on the websites that they visit. They do not realize that it is to their own detriment as they end up being victims of fraud on the internet.

An SSL certificate is the internet’s symbol for security on a website. It means that the internet user is protected for all the data that they provide on that website. It signifies that data sent between the website and the user is protected and cannot be accessed by a third party. This is not only useful for protecting the privacy on the internet but is also essential for any transactions that involve sensitive data. Users need to look for this certification on the website before they proffer up any sensitive information such as a credit card number. Otherwise, any information offered will be liable to being accessed by unscrupulous individuals.