What is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is a method of data
encryption used for authentication between a web browser and a
What is a SSL Certificate?
A certificate is a specifically formatted document that allows
you to "authenticate" or identify yourself to a web-browser,
e-mail reader or a secure server. It contains information on who
you are, your relevant details and who issued the certificate.
SSL Certificates hold information about web-servers. They
contain information about the owners of the certificates, the
server to which the certificate was sold, when it was sold and
when it expires. They facilitate the secure transmission of
information and the authentication (identification) process.
Why would I need a SSL Certificate?
If you are planning to transmit Credit Card information or some
other sensitive information, then it is recommend for security
that you get a SSL Certificate.
What is the difference between the
Domestic and International Key?
Up until recently only US Domestic browser could use 128 bit
encryption. If most of your business is done in North America,
then your clients should be able to connect at 128 bit. If you
do a lot of business in other parts of the world, then your
clients will most likely only be able to connect at 40 bit or 56
bit. These low bit encryptions are much more easily decoded.
The 128-bit International SSL
Server Certificate give non US browser the ability to encrypt
data at 128 bit, increasing the security of the transmission. If
a page is Secure, then a small lock will appear on the status
bar of the browser (on the bottom right for Internet Explorer
and the bottom right for Netscape)
What browsers can use a SSL
Please follow the link
http://www.thawte.com/certs/server/browsers.html to see a
list of browser compatibility.