SSL - Rumours and Reality:A practical perspective on the value of SSL for protecting web servers

by Charl van der Walt
Sept. 19, 2017 0 comments Symantec Encryption & Authentication

You may have connected to a web page every now and then and noticed a small padlock icon at the bottom of your browser window. What does this padlock signify? It means that the web-site is protected by SSL. SSL stands for 'Secure Sockets Layer' and refers to a protocol (or technique) that ensures a secure connection to a web-site. It does this in two ways. First, SSL provides a means by which the parties involved in an information exchange can verify one another's identity. Obviously it's important to know who you are connected to before you start exchanging confidential information. SSL addresses this requirement very nicely by means of digital certificates, which I will explain shortly. Secondly, it changes data into an unreadable format while it traverses an untrusted network like the Internet. You may know of this as encryption. This article will discuss the ways in which SSL provides safe, secure Internet transactions, including: how SSL works, why it is an effective weapon agains