What is SSL? SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is an encryption technology created by Netscape. It creates an encrypted connection between your web server and your visitors' web browser allowing for private information to be transmitted more securely.
To enable SSL on a website, you will need to get an SSL Certificate that identifies you and install it on the server. The presence of an SSL certificate on a website is usually indicated by a padlock icon in web browsers but it can also be indicated by a green address bar. Once you have done the SSL install, you can access a site securely by changing the URL from http:// to https://. When an SSL certificate is installed on a website, you can be sure that the information you enter (contact or credit card information), is secured and only seen by the organization that owns the website.
Millions of businesses use SSL certificates to secure their websites and help their customers to trust them. To use the SSL protocol, a web server requires the use of an SSL certificate. SSL certificates are provided by Certificate Authorities (CAs).