Securing Online Data Transfers with an SSL Certificate
Internationally accepted, a passport serves as evidence of your existence. It establishes and protects your identity. It allows you to enter and exit your destination. You would never travel outside your country's borders without your passport. Why, then, would you conduct business over the borderless Internet without the same kind of protection?
Like the electronic analog of a passport, a security certificate provides identification like a passport, while protecting you in crossing Internet borders. If you have ever accessed an online account, purchased an item through a store-based Web site, or even auctioned an item online, you've likely utilized the protection of an SSL certificate. Web sites seeking to provide any of these services will need to provide similar protection.
An SSL certificate provides security for communications conducted via the Internet. As part of the cryptographic protocol known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, an SSL certificate performs identification- and security-related functions for connections established between two computing endpoints. First, when an SSL server is accessed by a browser, an SSL certificate is presented to the browser that identifies the Web site, or domain (owner of the certificate). The SSL certificate can only be issued to one specific domain, and is therefore able to authenticate the certificate holder in that respect. When that SSL certificate is accepted by the browser, a secure SSL connection is established. As part of that connection, the SSL certificate defines the rules that govern communication and enables the encryption of data transferred during the transaction. In short, an SSL certificate is the means by which the protection of online communication is made possible between the two endpoints of a connection.
Protecting Data Transfers
Consider all mediums for the exchange of information via the Internet. Accessing online accounts and purchasing merchandise online are only a few of the many exchanges of personal information that occur online continuously. But business transactions aside, e-mail, instant messaging and Web browsing in general all include the transfer of personal data and are often overlooked in terms of protection.
Whether a Web site is a part of the e-commerce industry, or is simply providing a communication channel for online society, the incorporation of SSL security measures of that Web site is essential. Fundamentally, it provides protection for electronically transferred data. More specifically, it secures and protects communicated information through an SSL certificate, which applies cryptographic methods to the ordinary, plain-text information sent between the secure server and the client browser of a connection. The result is not only secure business transactions, as with commercial Web sites, but the protection of data privacy and integrity in general.
Entrust SSL Certificate Products for Your Web site
Since SSL certificates are now utilized for a variety of online purposes, Entrust offers SSL certificate products for all online organizations. With products like the Standard, Advantage and Extended Validation SSL certificates, Entrust has certificate options available to meet a variety of online needs. Growing with the continued evolution of the online community, Entrust also offers Unified Communications certificates (UCC) to support new server technology, such as Microsoft Exchange 2007, and encrypt data transfer — even at the wireless level. Entrust certificates are designed to work with all major browsers as well. As a result, Entrust SSL certificates offer an easy solution to protecting data transfer and enhancing online presence of all clients, the traditional e-commerce Web site, and beyond.