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What are SSL certificates?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate validates the authenticity of your website and encrypts the information that online visitors send and receive from it. Every time a user provides confidential information (codes, credit card numbers, etc.), a secure connection is created with the user’s browser ensuring that no third party will have access to them.
Using an SSL certificate, you protect your customers’ personal data and secure online transactions with them. You create a trustworthy place where your customers feel secure.
What is encryption?
During the data exchange process through the secure connection offered by SSL, the information being transferred is encrypted. The encryption engine converts the information into a format that can be recognized only by the appropriate decryption key. Thus, no third source, without the required authorization, can read or intercept the data being transferred.
What is Domain, Οrganization, Extended Validation?
Based on the procedure followed by each issuing authority to verify the identity of the entity requesting the certificate, three types of certification have emerged: Domain, Organization and Extended Validation.
Domain Validation: This is basic level certification. The organization requesting the certificate should simply confirm that the domain name is valid and that it belongs to the organization.
Organization Validation: Higher level certification. The organization or business requesting the certificate must, in addition to owning the domain name, verify corporate information such as: name, city, prefecture, country where the business is located.
Extended Validation: This is the tightest control procedure. The process consists of 7 levels and concerns: the exclusive ownership of the domain name, the headquarters of the organization, its physical and legal status, its operation, the confirmation that the organization itself requested the issuance of the SSL as well as the physical and legal existence of its legal representative.
How will my customers know that I have an SSL Certificate?
Depending on the certificate you choose, some or all the following security indications will be available:
- A padlock appears on the browser’s address bar, indicating that the site is secure.
- The URL of a secure site starts with https instead of http. The letter s denotes safety, security.
- The address bar is coloured green (Extended Validation)
- Static or dynamic logos and seals appear on the site to indicate that the site is secure.