305 N. Prescott Ave.
Clearwater, FL, 33755
Press release date: September 13, 2012
SSL (Secure Sockets Layers) is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.
A proper SSL certificate also provides authentication. This means you can be sure that you are sending information to the right server and not to a criminal's server.
SSL certificate providers will only issue an SSL certificate to a verified company that has gone through identity checks. Certain types of SSL certificates, like EV SSL Certificates, require more validation than others. That's where the difference in price comes in. The cheaper certificates provide adequate encryption, but they do not provide as much identity information to the user. The EV certificates - the $800 ones - will also turn all or part of the address bar green, which provides an immediate visual clue that the connection is secure. A $150 certificate only shows that the data is encrypted and some very basic identifying information. This is often adequate though; it prevents users from getting a warning about an insecure connection.
The certificate is bought from a third party - the Certifying Authority. This is an annual expense.
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Industrial Webworks LLC
305 N Prescott Ave
Clearwater, FL 33755