TRANSACTIONS AND APPLICATIONS WITH CONFIDENCE
With GeoTrust QuickSSL and QuickSSL
Premium web server certificates, you can start conducting
secure online transactions with confidence, quickly
By activating the browser's "LOCK"
icon, QuickSSL and QuickSSL Premium assure online
visitors that confidential information and transactions
cannot be viewed, intercepted or altered. And because
our authentication system is the most advanced in
the industry, your customers and trading partners
can be sure that GeoTrust certificates are only issued
to fully authorized recipients.
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What are SSL and Digital Certificates?
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a protocol developed by Netscape
in 1996 which quickly became the method of choice for securing
data transmissions across the Internet. SSL is an integral
part of most Web browsers and Web servers and makes use
of the public-and-private key encryption system developed
by Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman.
In order to make an SSL connection, the SSL protocol requires
that a server should have a digital certificate installed.
A digital certificate is an electronic file that uniquely
identifies individuals and servers. Digital certificates
serve as a kind of digital passport or credential which
authenticate the server prior to the SSL session being established.
Typically, digital certificates are signed by an independent
and trusted third party to ensure their validity. The "signer"
of a certificate is known as a Certification Authority (CA),
such as VeriSign, thawte and GeoTrust.
When should SSL be used and what can
There are two main online security problems that SSL certificates
Authentication - proving a company's (or
server's) identity online and in so doing create a sense
of trust and confidence in using a Web site.
Encryption - offering protection for the
data submitted to a Web site (or between servers) so that
in the event of interception, it will be unintelligible
without the unique key used for decryption.
Solving these security problems allows online business
to protect against the following scenarios:
Spoofing - The low cost of Web site design
and ease with which existing pages can be copied makes
it all too easy to create illegitimate sites that appear
to be published by established organizations. In fact,
con artists have illegally obtained credit card numbers
by setting up professional-looking storefronts that mimic
Unauthorized Disclosure - when information
is transmitted "in the clear", making it possible
for hackers to intercept the transmissions and obtain
sensitive information from customers.
Data alteration - the content of a transaction
can be intercepted and altered en route, either maliciously
or accidentally. User names, credit card, and social security
numbers as well as currency amounts; indeed any information
sent "in the clear" is all vulnerable to alteration.
So what are the practical applications
of SSL certificates?
Firstly, looking at categories of data, the most common
deployment is for securing transmission of financial information
in ecommerce. However, with incidence of identity theft
on the rise, protecting the transmission of a broad range
of personally-identifiable information is becoming ever
more important. This category of data would include identity
and social security numbers, e-mail addresses and demographic
information as well as account registration and login information.
In terms of applications and protocols, SSL Certificates
can be used to secure the following:
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