The SSL certificate (an acronym for Secure Socket Layer) is a standard security protocol on the Internet.
Activating an SSL certificate is essential for your internet business.
- What is HTTPS?
- SSL Certificate
- Google ranking system
- How the SSL certificate works (Microsoft Windows Operating System)
- How to enter the keys in your domain in Pages
What is HTTPS?
Have you ever noticed that some websites start with the URL HTTP:// and others with HTTPS:// ?
This S after HTTP shows providers and users that the site encrypts the information of those who access it, protecting all information from possible cyber attacks.
This technology that activates this S is called SSL, which means Secure Sockets Layer. This is a digital security certificate for your domain.
Another way to check if the website has SSL is a padlock icon next to your browser's URL bar.
By clicking on the padlock, you can check information about the website, such as the certificate’s validity and the company that issued the digital certificate, for example.
The certificate became very popular after the top web browsers saw the need to identify sites as "Unsafe" in a more visible way.
When the domain does not have an SSL certificate, browsers notify users that the web page is not secure.
Google ranking system
SSL certificates have become a criterion to rank your content on search engines. That's very important, as pages with SSL have a better ranking and more chances to appear in the top search results.
Since 2014, Google prioritizes websites that have SSL certificates.
To use SSL on your pages, you must get a certificate for your domain. You can buy or obtain one for free from specialized services.
Once the SSL certificate is installed, your customers can safely browse your website, as their data will be secure and not at risk of being captured by third parties.
This certificate also gives them security and confidence to access your pages and enter their personal data without any problems.
How the SSL certificate works (Microsoft Windows Operating System)
The certificate uses an encryption technology with two keys:
- Public Key: may be shared with others.
- Private Key: belongs only to you.
- CA: certificate authority that verifies your SSL generator.
These keys are text files, and they're created at the same time. You can view them in Windows Notepad.
- Click on the certificate with the right button ;
- Choose the Open With option and select Notepad.
- The public key starts with the term BEGIN CERTIFICATE;
- The private key starts with the term BEGIN PRIVATE KEY;
- The CA is identified by CA_BUNDLE.
How to enter the keys in your domain in Pages
This guide aims to show the importance of the SSL certificate.
To install the keys, just access the following link: How to install your domain's SSL Certificate in Pages.
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