SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer which helps to establish and Encrypted link between the Web Browser and the Web Server. This link ensures that all the data transferring from Web Browser to the Web Server is totally Secure and prevent from any unauthorized user to read, write or modify the data. For Example, it may include your Confidential Credit Card details which you are using during Online Shopping in an E-commerce Website.
SSL Certificate uses encryption algorithms to encrypt the data in the Web Browser then transfer it to the Web Server. SSL is the backbone of the current Secure Internet in the World. It provides privacy, critical security and data integrity to the users.
Mainly an SSL Certificate will contain a domain name, your company name, address and address. Every SSL Certificate has an expiry date so it will also include Expiration Date of the SSL Certificate. TLS stands for Transport Layer Security which is the upgraded version of SSL Certificates. There are a variety of advantages and disadvantages of using an SSL certificate. Some of them are:-
- It ensures the security of personal sensitive information across the unsafe internet.
- SSL certificate provides an authentication certificate which means that you are connected to the right server and not any phishing page of a Hacker.
- It protects your network from the mutiple type of attack using a different type of protocols like SMTPS, POP3S, IMAP and FTP.
- Performance is one of the main disadvantages of using SSL certificate because it takes time to encrypt all the personal information and then decrypt the data after reaching the server.
NOTE: To check a secure connection from a website, please always check that Web Browser shows a Green Bar with a lock icon in the URL with showing text https.