SSL and Digital Certificate
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a standard protocol used for the secure transmission of documents over a network. Developed by Netscape, SSL technology creates a secure link between a Web server and browser to ensure private and integral data transmission. SSL uses Transport Control Protocol (TCP) for communication. A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate is a form of Web authentication used to validate website security and provide identity protection to website users. SSL certificates are issued by a certification authority (CA). Web browsers provide viewable SSL certificate information near the browser search bar. SSL validation is represented by a locked padlock icon and https prefix.