It is estimated today that the value of e-commerce is over $1 trillion US dollars. The number of e-commerce users has steadily climbed as well, roughly 5% every year since 2000, with current levels at over 210 million US online consumers. These levels show not only the penetration of online use, but the potential it has for the web-based market. At the forefront of this revolution are the e-commerce site builders. Armed with the technical proficiency to develop and enhance the face of every e-market participant, site builders understand the need to structure a website around Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. Similarly, consumers have been cultured to seek out the SSL indicator, a little yellow padlock, to ensure that they are viewing a secure https address before transmitting information via the website.
SSL encryption protocol is now the standard technology in securing connections between the site and its users. Encryption is the basis for protecting transmitted data, and ensures the privacy necessary to make consumers comfortable. As a result, e-commerce site builders place the greatest importance on the website's SSL certificates. As encryption devices, SSL certificates protect the data communicated between the website and the client. Since customers and business entities will only submit sensitive information when they are convinced that information is secure, SSL protection is vital for anyone serious about e-commerce.
How SSL Certificates Work
SSL certificates are the method by which electronic commerce is protected when it is conducted via the Internet. This is because SSL certificates are electronic files designed to provide authentication, confidentiality, and integrity of the website: security services that consumers demand before trusting a website with their personal information.
When an SSL session is invoked, the secure server presents the SSL certificate which carries unique information used to identify and authenticate the website. Some of the information contained in these SSL certificates includes the certificate authority, the issuing site's domain, the certificate holder, and the geographical location where the SSL certificate was issued. The client must accept the certificate or the connection cannot be established. Once SSL certificates are accepted by initiating clients, however, secure communication between the website and the user can commence.
Since consumers are now accustomed to looking for the symbols that identify secure online transactions, SSL certificates are a vital component of building and maintaining a successful commercial website. With the present levels of e-commerce and number of online consumers, is now more important than ever for commercial websites to employ encryption technology with reliable business authentication. Without an indication of a secure transmission, Internet users fear the use of personal and financial information online, and deliberately avoid any business transaction. SSL certificates implement a website infrastructure for trust by providing security and making e-commerce transactions safer for online consumers.
Managing Multiple SSL Certificates
Entrust offers a variety of SSL products to meet every e-commerce security concern. Even if your business finds you with multiple web servers each with their own array of SSL-enabled devices; Entrust offers services for attending to multiple clients and multiple certificates. Entrust Certificate Management Service streamlines the administration of multiple SSL certificates with self-service tools and central-management design. Entrust Certificate Management Service is designed to reduce the risk of lost time and money when purchasing and administering multiple SSL certificates for your clients, even when your clients are geographically dispersed. With this simplified, client- and certificate-management tool, Entrust offers the ability to manage multiple SSL certificates and servers almost effortlessly.