Secure Sockets Layer is a technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client. The SSL certificate begins to encrypt any data that comes from the client computer to your server. At the same time, the usual link in the HTTP browser turns into HTTPS, where "s" means secure-protected.
|Developed by||Netscape Communications|
|Latest stable version||SSL 3|
|Used by||Google, Apple, Microsoft|
Many organisations use the SSL/TLS (Secure Socket Layer/ Transport Layer Security) protocol to encrypt the authentication process when users log in – but fail to encrypt subsequent pages during the user’s session. This is not good practice, because intermittent use of SSL won’t keep users safe in the face of today’s burgeoning threats.