SSL Certificate enhances the security of a website, ensuring that all information provided to the website, for example, personal data, contact details, credit card information and passwords will be secured from being sniffed.
SSL Certificate has been developed to bind a cryptographic key between a web server and a web browser to ensure the security of the network and privacy of the users. The SSL connected browser will also display the "locked" icon on the lower right corner, showing that the data is encrypted. The data that is transferred by using a normal unsecured protocol can easily be attacked. To secure the information, we use https, which is the combination of the normal http protocol and SSL. The SSL Key is secured in the server, assuring that the data can’t be tampered.
The picture above is an example of the seal that Certification Authority (CA) assigns to the website owner. The seal is to be placed in the homepage of the site. Upon clicking the seal, its information including expiry date and the assigned website will be appeared. These guarantees provide additional assurance to your customers that their transactions are protected.
Who need SSL Certificate
SSL Certificate is a must for an E-commerce site or a website that online transaction happens, so that buyers are confident in engaging in business with you.
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- How do I get 128 bit 'strong crypto' sessions?
When you hear people speak of a 128 bit, 56 bit or 40 bit connection, they are referring to the session key. This is a symmetric key created by the browser when it connects to the server. It is used to encrypt and decrypt data (transmitted to and from the server) after the initial browser/server 'handshake'. (This key is not your Server Certificate key, which is either 1024 bits or 512 bits). Session keys are generated by the browser for each SSL connection with your server.
If your server supports full strength sessions and the browser connecting to your site supports 128 bit, then a 128 bit session key will be created and there will be a 128 bit connection. If either supports only 40 bit encryption, the session will be 40 bits.
- What browsers will my server certificate work with?
Almost all browsers support SSL security and thawte certificates. We maintain a Browser Compatibility page to keep you updated. Please read the browser compatibility list at the following Article: Browser compatible
- Which servers are compatible with the SSL Web Server Certificate?
Please read the thawte SSL Web Server Certificate server compatibility list in the following Knowledge Base solution: Server compatible
- How do I install an SSL Web Server Certificate?
To install an SSL Web Server Certificate on your server software platform, please read the instructions in the following Knowledge Base solution: Install web server certificate
- How can I get a web server certificate?
You submit to us, a certificate request file (CSR). Thawte then verifies your identity, contained in the certificate, and when satisfied, signs that request file, using the trusted Thawte CA root key, and issues it to you as your certificate.
- What can Thawte Web Server Certificate support?
Thawte is a trusted certificate provider. We do not make or support any software. We are more than happy to help wherever certificates are used, however, in the case of software specific issues, we may not always be able to help. The best people to contact will always be your software vendor.
You can download the manual of Server Certificate Preparation and Installation for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 here