The answer to the question what is an SSL certificate is useful to know anyway, because then you can check whether the website you are on is safe enough. What exactly is SSL is important to know, especially on websites where you leave your payment details in good faith.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and means that a secure layer is placed between the browser you are using and the server from which a particular website comes from. This is done by means of a so-called SSL certificate. An SSL certificate is a secure key. In most cases, such a secure key can be requested from the web hosting provider of the website. Such an SSL connection between web browser and website ensures that data is encrypted and cannot be intercepted. This SSL certificate is therefore indispensable for webshops, to ensure that payments are made securely.
Now that you have answered the question what exactly is an SSL certificate, let’s now look at how you can recognize that a website is secured with an SSL certificate. This can be easily recognized by the address line at the top of your web browser. Normally an address starts with HTTP. With a secure SSL connection, the website starts with HTTPS. There is also often a lock before or after the address and when you click on the lock you will see the name of the publisher of the SSL certificate.
An SSL certificate is not mentioned as such in the legislation. The Personal Data Protection Act does state that companies ‘must take appropriate and organizational measures to guarantee the privacy of the customer’. This can be many measures, including an SSL connection for a company’s website.
The question for website owners is then ‘how should you build in HTTPS?’. You can request this from the web hosting provider of your website. The advantage of this is that the provider installs the SSL certificate for you. You can also request the certificate directly from the certificate authority, but then you have to install it yourself. You must do this within the management environment of your website.
At wekreate, the SSL certificate is always included with a domain name. wekreate always ensures that your entire website has an active SSL certificate.