Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a protocol developed by Netscape in 1996 which quickly became the method of choice for securing data transmissions across the Internet. SSL is an integral part of most web browsers and web servers and makes use of the public-and-private key encryption system developed by RSA.
In order to make an SSL connection, the SSL protocol requires that a server should have a digital certificate installed. A digital certificate is an electronic file that uniquely identifies individuals and servers. Digital certificates serve as a kind of digital passport or credential which authenticate the server prior to the SSL session being established.
Typically, digital certificates are signed by an independent and trusted third party to ensure their validity. The “signer” of a certificate is known as a Certification Authority (CA), such as thawte.
Go Daddy SSL Certificates inspire trust and show our visitors that we value their privacy. An SSL Cert protects our customers' sensitive information such as their name, address, password, or credit card number by encrypting the data during transmit from their computer to your Web server. SSL is the standard for Web security, and a Server Certificate is required by most merchant account services – you'll need one if you plan to accept credit cards on your site.
There are two main online security problems that digital certificates solve:
The GoDaddy SSL Web Server Certificate offers comprehensive stringent authentication procedures (domain name and identity verification). It also offers 256, 128, 56 or 40-bit encryption depending on your clients browser capability and the cipher suite installed on your web server. This ensures that information is kept private while in transit between your web server and your clients web browsers.
Certificate Features and Benefits:
The 3-D Secure™ protocol was developed by Visa to improve the security of Internet payments. The protocol is offered with the service name Verified by Visa. MasterCard has also adapted a similar protocol called MasterCard SecureCode. Both are designed to allow authentication of cardholders by their Issuers at participating merchants. The objective is to benefit all participants by providing Issuers the ability to fully authenticate cardholders through the use of a password during Internet purchases, reducing the likelihood of fraudulent usage of Visa and MasterCard credit cards and improving overall transaction performance