What is SSL and How To Install It On Your Website

SSL is now widely used on websites across the Internet as a method of securing websites and its sensitive data. Here we will discuss what exactly SSL is and how we can install it on your website for free.

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is an industry standard protocol that provides security over Internet communications. SSL provides a secure connection between two machines or devices on the Internet, for example between a web browser and a web server.

SSL allows data that is sent between the server and the browser to be encrypted, which means that hackers can not intercept sensitive data such as passwords or credit card details.

We can tell if the website that we are on is using SSL as it has the padlock image and the word “Secure” next to the address bar. The website address will also have the letters “https” at the beginning.

Technically, SSL was updated in the late 90’s to a new technology called TLS (Transport Layer Security). You may find some companies using the two terms interchangeably.

Aside from browser security, SSL also can secure email communication via Outlook Web Service as well as Exchange. SSL can also be used in conjunction with SFTP to ensure uploading files to a web server is done in a secure manner.

How to Install

The installation of SSL on your website can be done in a few simple steps. In order to complete the following steps, you will need to have access to the files on your server, either via CPanel or SFTP.

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