Nov29

How Does an SSL Protect My Website?

Posted by Jake Neeley

One of the most economical and secure ways to protect your website on affordable hosting platforms is to deploy a private Secure Socket Layer (SSL) on you’re your website giving the instant ability to roll out protected URLs like https://www.mysite.com.

If you are still in doubt as to what an SSL actually does consider this explanation from Symantec on the digital handshake that takes place between a browser and a server:

  1. A browser attempts to connect to a website secured with SSL.
  2. The browser requests that the web server identify itself.
  3. The server sends the browser a copy of its SSL certificate.
  4. The browser checks whether it trusts the SSL certificate. If so, it sends a message to the server.
  5. The server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgement to start an SSL 7 encrypted session.
  6. Encrypted data is shared between the browser and the server

Your site receives a permanent “security guard” which protects users in an online transaction, and encrypts data during transmission giving you, said Symantec, a “trillion year head start over a hacker.”

“At current computing speeds, a hacker with the time, tools, and motivation to attack using brute force would require a trillion years to break into a session protected by an SGC-enabled certificate,” said Symantec.

“To enable strong encryption for the most site visitors, choose an SSL Certificate that enables 128-bit minimum encryption for 99.9 percent of website visitors.”

But there are other benefits, too, including:

  • Credentials establish identity online
  • Authentication generates trust in credential

SSL certificates on Midphase platforms are:

  • Signed by Comodo
  • 99.3% compatibility with browsers
  • 128-bit encryption
  • Lock appears in browse
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About Jake Neeley

Jake Neeley is a content marketing and social media geek who loves reading, outdoor sports (especially those in Utah mountains), and time with his family. Connect with Jake on Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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