What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL certificates are what enable websites to maneuver from HTTP to HTTPS, which is safer. SSL certificates make SSL/TLS encryption possible, which contains the website’s public key. The website’s can identity related information.
Devices attempting to speak with the origin server will reference this file to get the general public key and verify the server’s identity. The private key’s kept secret and secure.
What is SSL?
SSL, more commonly called TLS, maybe a protocol for encrypting Internet traffic and verifying server identity. Any website with an HTTPS web address uses SSL/TLS. See what’s SSL? and what’s TLS? to find out more.
What information does an SSL certificate contain?
SSL certificates include:
- The domain name that the certificate was issue for
- Which person, organization, or device it was the issue to
- Which certificate authority issued it
- The certificate authority’s digital signature
- Associated subdomains
- Issue date of the certificate
- The expiration date of the certificate
- The public key (the private key is kept a secret)
The public and personal keys use for SSL are essentially long strings of characters use for encrypting and decrypting data. Data encrypt with the general public key can only be decrypt with the private key and the other way around.