Securing your website (SSL)
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology protects your online transactions and helps increase trust in your web site
What Happens When a Web Browser Connects to a Secure Web Site
The Browser requests the web server identity. The server sends the browser a copy of its SSL certificate. The browser checks whether it trusts the SSL certificate. If so, it sends a message to the server. The server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgment to start an SSL encrypted session. Encrypted data is shared between the browser and the server.
You need SSL if:
You have an online store or accept online orders and credit cards. You offer a login or sign in on your site. You process sensitive data such as address, birth date, license, or ID numbers. You need to comply with privacy and security requirements. You value privacy and expect others to trust you.