Cyber crime is expected to cause financial losses of $4 trillion by 2020-21. This is three times more than it was in 2015. These numbers are alarming. Techies and web security specialists have spoken out in favor of strengthening cyber security measures to combat cyber threats.
Google was the first to implement security firewalls to protect web properties from attacks. Google recommends two important measures: converting HTTP websites to HTTPS and encouraging the use SSL certificates.
Protect your customers’ private information from hackers and online intrusion. VPSWALA offers SSL certificates with additional security features.
Before we get into the details of how SSL protects against threats, let’s take a look at what an SSL certificate is.
What is an SSL Certificate?
Full form of SSL is Secure Sockets Layer. This encryption technology was introduced by Netscape in 1990. It draws an encrypted link between your website server and your visitor’s web browser. This connection allows for the smooth transmission of confidential and private information without any obstacles such as data tampering or message forgery.
SSL Certificates can be described as small data files that digitally link a cryptographic key to the details of an organization. They are activated on a webserver and enable secure connections between a browser and a webserver.
What is the working principle of SSL certificates?
SSL certificates are created using two keys: one-private keys and two-public keys. The public keys encrypt the connection while the private keys unlock or decrypt it. These keys, both public and private, provide additional privacy between your data (and the rest of the internet). These keys protect your messages from hackers and other threats. SSL certificates are the best way to protect your data and make it hacker-proof.
Types of SSL Certificates
Different types of SSL certificates are offered by web hosting companies. They all use the same encryption methods. They are all equally safe and effective. Each option comes with its own set of requirements and attributes. These are the major SSL options that you have.
One domain – Domain Validated SSL
This SSL certificate protects one domain, as the name suggests. The certificate does not cover any other domains. This certificate is ideal for websites that are content-based. Single domain SSL is a great option for websites that are not B2B or e-commerce. It will provide complete security.
Multi Domain SSL Certificate (MDC) (SAN)
Multi-domain SSL certificates are also known as “SAN” (for Subject Alternative Names). They cover domains that are similar. A multi-domain SSL certificate can cover a whole suite of sites. They can be used to cover sites that may disappear or not yet exist. The SSL is limited to sites that are registered with a domain registrar or their certificate of authority.
SSL certificates from Wildcard offer complete protection against privacy and security threats for all subdomains that are located on the same root domain. This would be a great option for websites that have high transactional requirements.
Certificate for Organization (OV SSL) – Organization validated Certificates
Organization SSL certificates are used to verify a company’s identity. They also contain information like the company’s primary address. This certificate is similar in nature to single domain SSL. It provides security for e-commerce and payments on the website.
Extended Certificate (EV SSL)
Extended SSL certificates are the strongest. They validate the domain and verify the legal entity. This SSL certificate is granted to a website which uses it. It will appear in the address bar of most modern browsers as a green one. Your site uses a secure connection that is different from any other SSL connection.
SSL certificates are easy to purchase. It is possible to purchase SSL certificates and set them up from the hosting provider or domain registrar you use.