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Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a protocol developed by Netscape in 1996 which quickly became the method of choice for securing data transmissions across the Internet. SSL is an integral part of most Web browsers and Web servers and makes use of the public-and-private key encryption system developed by Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman.
In order to make an SSL connection, the SSL protocol requires that a server should have a digital certificate installed. A digital certificate is an electronic file that uniquely identifies individuals and servers. Digital certificates serve as a kind of digital passport or credential which authenticate the server prior to the SSL session being established.
Typically, digital certificates are signed by an independent and trusted third party to ensure their validity. The "signer" of a certificate is known as a Certification Authority (CA), such as VeriSign, Thawte and GeoTrust.
There are two main online security problems that SSL certificates help solve:
Solving these security problems allows online business to protect against the following scenarios:
Firstly, looking at categories of data, the most common deployment is for securing transmission of financial information in eCommerce. However, with incidence of identity theft on the rise, protecting the transmission of a broad range of personally-identifiable information is becoming ever more important. This category of data would include identity and social security numbers, e-mail addresses and demographic information as well as account registration and login information.
In terms of applications and protocols, SSL Certificates can be used to secure the following:
* GeoTrust, a leading certificate authority, provides retail and reseller services for SSL encryption, and website authentication, digital signatures, code signing, secure email, and enterprise SSL products. Products include True BusinessID with Extended Validation SSL Certificates, True BusinessID SSL Certificates, Multi-Domain Certificates, Wildcard SSL Certificates, UC/SAN SSL certificates, Quick SSL Premium Certificates, and VeriSign Certified Document Solutions, My Credential Certificates, and Enterprise SSL.
* Symantec, the Symantec Logo, the Checkmark Logo, and GeoTrust are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.