An SSL certificate is an electronic document that helps your browser ensure that the website you’re trying to open belongs to the desired company. For example, when you visit apple.com, its SSL certificate guarantees that you’re truly visiting Apple’s website and not a fake one created by scammers. This document is installed on the web server where the website is hosted.
Your browser checks whether a website has an SSL certificate every time you open it. If it does, you’ll see the lock icon. If it doesn’t, you’ll see a warning sign. In Google Chrome, for example, it’s the Not secure sign.
An SSL certificate helps open the SSL/TLS connection between a browser and a website. This is a secure connection through which hackers can’t steal or substitute transferred data. It means a higher level of security for users. They can send sensitive information without worrying that it will fall into the wrong hands and can rest assured that fraudsters didn’t change important data on the website.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It’s a protocol for encrypting, securing, and protecting an internet connection and private information sent between two systems. This prevents cybercriminals from being able to access and change any transferred information.
Over the years, SSL has been improved and updated to TLS (Transport Layer Security). However, this protocol is still commonly called SSL.
The SSL/TLS protocol keeps a connection secure in three ways:
They’re issued by certification authorities (CA). A CA is a company or organization that validates the identities of entities (such as websites, email addresses, companies, or individual persons) and binds them to cryptographic keys through the issuance of electronic documents known as digital certificates.
When a user requests a webpage, the server that hosts it sends them a response. It includes a website certificate and other data required for further interaction. To verify a certificate, the browser has to check if:
If the certificate meets all the requirements, the browser starts trusting it as much as it trusts the associated CA.
1. Click the padlock icon to the left of the URL.
2. The dropdown menu will open. It may look different in different browsers. This one is Google Chrome. Click Connection is secure.
3. Click Certificate is valid.
4. You’ll see general and detailed information on the certificate.
There are various types of SSL certificates, each with its own unique level of validation.
|SSL certificate type||What’s in it for me?||Perfect for:|
|DV certificate with domain validation||This certificate is linked to your domain name and makes sure that your website’s data is encoded correctly. A DV certificate is issued within 5 minutes.||Websites, blogs, informational websites|
|OV certificate with organization validation||You need this certificate for e-commerce and online sales. An OV certificate shows who owns a website and displays the company name. Fraudsters won’t be able to get this certificate because they won’t be able to pass the validation check.||Online store, log-in screens|
|EV SSL certificate||The most expensive and prestigious certificates. They are used for high-traffic websites that collect data or process payments. With this type of SSL certificate, the browser’s address bar shows the company name and its country.||Global banks, enterprises|
If you’re interested in a price comparison, visit our SSL certificate page to find relevant prices and easily compare them.
SSL certificates are important for online transactions and securing data. Want to know where and how to get one for a website? Follow these steps:
In Gcore, you can easily do this in our control panel on the Order an SSL certificate page.
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that helps verify a website owner. It’s an essential part of a secured SSL/TLS connection. All data sent over SSL/TLS is encrypted. Even if a hacker intercepts data, they won’t be able to use it because they can’t decrypt it. An SSL/TLS connection also protects transferred data from being changed by intruders.
If you’re a user, we recommend not sending sensitive information to a website without an SSL certificate. You can verify the certificate by looking at the browser’s URL bar. If it says “secure” with a padlock icon, the website has an SSL certificate.
If you’re a website owner, we recommend getting an SSL certificate. It enforces your website security and builds clients’ trust in your brand.