What Is SSL Used For?

SSL Certificates – Secure Server Certificates

SSL certificates are generally used with ecommerce shopping carts, or anywhere you want to collect information from a user securely on your website. If you use a secure server certificate with a form; and that form emails the results to you; keep in mind that the email is not secure.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): Creates an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. CA (Certificate Authority): The vendor you will get the secure server certificate from CSR (Certificate Signing Request): A text file generated by a web server. A CSR looks like this:

First, you need to decide whether to use your hosting shared SSL certificate if they offer it. The URL to your store will look something like:


Or do you want to get your own SSL certificate? The URL will look like:


If you decide to use your hosts’ shared secure server certificate, then all you need to do is find out the path you need to use to call your files securely, and you will be on your way.

If you decide to get your own SSL certificate, this is generally what happens.

You first need to decide who you are going to get your SSL certificate from. It is a good idea to make sure your host supports your particular vendor. Some certificate authority vendors are:

* Thawte
* Verisign
* Comodo
* You can also review several vendors at a glance at WhichSSL

Before getting your own SSL certificate, you will need to do some reading on what your chosen Certificate Authority requires for a secure certificate, and you’ll also need to come up with some documentation. There are several steps to buying a secure server certificate, once you have decided on a vendor.

This is an overview, not written in stone. Each CA is different, so make sure you read their documentation and what they require. Here is an idea of what they want:

All documentation that is requested must match *exactly*. Secure certificate authorities will verify that your organization actually exists, so they know they are issuing to the correct company. You will need to prove that the Organization Name and the Domain name are in fact yours to use.

Steps you’ll be taking


* Gather required documentation
* Have your host generate a CSR
* Complete certificate authority online application
* Certificate authority will process your request
* Pickup and install your SSL certificate (usually an URL is emailed to you to download the secure server certificate)
* Depending on the vendor, it can take a few hours to a few days.
* Send secure certificate to host for installation. (Send in plain text)

Once your web hosting provider receives this information; they will generate the CSR and send it back to you in plain text. You then send it on to Verisign or Thawte, or whoever you have chosen as your secure certificate authority. They will then generate a SSL certificate for you which you will send back to your host for installation. Your web host may charge a fee for installation in addition to what your SSL certificate vendor charges.

Something to think about

you’ve decided to purchase your own SSL certificate, you will need to decide how you want your URL to be called. If you, as a rule, call your domain name in your coding as www.yourdomainname.com, then make sure you indicate this to your host when you request a CSR from them. If you don’t, and you get the certificate for yourdomainname.com (without the www), this will cause browser errors, making the certificate seem insecure, and you will need to change your coding.

Always use yourself or your company as technical contact.

How to tell if a site is secure?

After you’ve browsed to a site securely; using https:// in the URL, look on the lower right-hand side of your browser. You should see a closed lock. This will tell you the site is secure.

Web warning personal use how do I get SSL certificates for my website?

How can we process transactions securely on the web? Any safe transaction should happen between the customer and the web site in a manner that no one can read or intercept the transaction details. To enable this fast transaction SSL, otherwise called as secure sockets layer is very useful. This program works through the encryption routines and programs that are found on the web host and browser.

Many might ask I am designing a website and how can I get SSL for my website?

Once you know the basic meaning and facts related to SSL activate the SSL option and provide necessary information there like country/state and organization. Do not fill in anything in the tab SSL request or SSL certificate. Then go the action tab and choose create certification and click save. When you visit the SSL tab again you will find the certificate signing request (CSR) under SSL request. Using this CSR apply for an SSL certificate with companies like VeriSign, Geotrust, SSLGenie etc.

Some companies might offer trial versions and always follow the instructions provided with the company’s web site. After getting the certificate copy it into the SSL certificate and then choose to save under the actions tab. Now that one knows how to include the SSL in their website they should also know which form of SSL is best. Whether 128-bit SSL or 40-bit SSL? So what are they and which is the best SSL? When a transaction takes place between the customer and the website the level of encryption is decided by the browser, the customers OS and the SSL certificate?

When a site uses low level encryption like 40 or 56 bits then any hacker using his brains and tools can break the security of the website. Thus, the 128 bit SSL is preferred as it is a high level encryption. Hackers find it difficult to crack the code and enter the security zone with this high level encryption. Thus, this 128 bit SSL is the best for an enhanced and secured transaction. Nowadays 128 bit encryption with an SGC (server-gated cryptography) enabled SSL certification is considered to the best fool proof SSL. It is unique as it protects the private keys and ensures anyone visiting the site irrespective of their OS have a fair and secured transaction.

If the website deals with payments, collects personal data like tax ID, emails, birthdays etc or other bank or credit card details then a high level 128 bit or even more should be maintained to gain good will and trust among customers. They will feel safe and comfortable to have transaction with you and will be also feel safe about the details they have shared. Many have a doubt whether their browser is capable of using SSL certificates. Well as far as VeriSign, SSLGenie, Thawte is considered they work with almost all browsers. Thus, 128 bit or more with SGC enabled SSL certificate is what can be safe and can be used for the website.

Before the introduction of SSL it was difficult to ensure privacy over the web in online transactions. There was a general distrust of the ability to conduct online transactions and a fear that an individuals credit card information could be picked up by a third party and used for unauthorized purchases.

What makes SSL unique is an encryption technique that sends credit card and other personal data through the web. This encryption technique makes the information totally useless to anyone who does not have decoding abilities. If a third party were to intercept the information it would be useless to them.

The use of SSL Digital Certificates also provides a unique level of trust because a certificate verifies the user’s authenticity. This is an important step in instilling trust in potential customers. Many savvy consumers will avoid an online retailer entirely if they do not use SSL.

Without the proper use of SSL, information such as credit card numbers, third parties with less than positive motivations could obtain passwords and personal identification numbers.

A 128-bit key that is harder to break and typically protects personal account information than the 40-bit key. If your name and address is all that is being protected a 40-bit key may be used; the higher bit the key, the greater level of encryption. Most financial institutions only use 128-bit keys for the security of their clients data.


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As an online marketer you will likely be asking your visitors for personal data. Dont be surprised if your potential customer determines their willingness to do business with you based on the security of your website. Many customers will look for the SSL symbol and will move along if the dont find it. SSL use can also be recognized by a lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of your browser window. If the symbol is unlocked then SSL is not in use on the site.

SSL should be enacted on pages requiring a password or might contain personal data most clients would like to keep private. Some sites will place SSL on some pages and forget other pages that are equally sensitive. For the sake of your personal experience with ecommerce you should implement SSL protocol.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.

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I’m happy to help any way that I can.

Kind Regards Shane.

2 thoughts on “What Is SSL Used For?”

  1. Hi Shane,

    Having only entered the online world a few months ago as a retired fella I am learning something new everyday.

    I had heard the tree SSL certificate mentioned a few times within the Wealthy Affiliate training program but never really understood what they were talking about or what it meant.

    After reading your article “What Is SSL Used For” I think I now have a better understanding.

    Thanks for a great and informative read.


    • Hello Mark, 

      Thank you for your time. 

      Appreciate the feed back. 

      Happy to hear you have a better understanding on this topic. 

      Regards Shane.


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