What is an SSL certificate?
An SSL certificate ensures a secure, private connection between a website and its visitors by creating a secure, safe channel for communications.
The key way an SSL certificate ensures the safety of a connection is through authentication, verification and data encryption.
Authenticating and verifying the identity of a website is a key part of how a website is successfully issued with an SSL certificate, meaning information about the website, person or business is held and confirmed to be true, so you can trust that it’s really them.
Data encryption is the other part of why an SSL certificate is an important part of any website that handles personal information. By encrypting any data shared between a user and a website (including names, addresses, bank details), the information can’t be intercepted, tampered with or stolen.