Secure Sockets Layer, in short

What is an SSL Certificate

SSL which stand for Secure Sockets Layer is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. So when you buy a product, or simply subscribe to a newsletter, the email address or credit card details you submit are encrypted and can only be decrypted by the receiving server, making your personal information useless should it be intercepted. SSL is essential for protecting your website, even if it doesn’t handle sensitive information like credit cards. It provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users’ personal information.

There are a number of SSL certificate on the market, and arguable the best know, especially to South Africans, is Thawte developed by local Mark Shuttleworth; the first-ever full-security encrypted e-commerce web server that was commercially available outside the United States.