WHAT IS SSL?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) enhances a web site’s security by providing two important features: encryption and authentication.
- Encryption means that the data sent between your web site and users is unreadable by others. When a user accesses your site using an SSL connnection (URLs that begin with https://), the web server and web browser exchange encrypted information. Contrast this with unencrypted web transactions, which are transmitted as plaintext and subject to eavesdropping.
- Authentication means visitors can trust that you actually are who you claim to be. When users access your site using an SSL connection, they can be confident that they are seeing your site, and not an impostor’s. Whereas encryption helps protect data, authentication helps prove your identity to others.
When users visit an SSL-enabled site, most web browsers display a lock icon (usually in the address bar). To enable SSL for your own web site, you must obtain and install a certificate.
Koolwebs offers Let’s Encrypt Certification.
The key principles behind Let’s Encrypt are:
Free: Anyone who owns a domain name can use Let’s Encrypt to obtain a trusted certificate at zero cost.
Automatic: Software running on a web server can interact with Let’s Encrypt to painlessly obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal.
Secure: Let’s Encrypt will serve as a platform for advancing TLS security best practices, both on the CA side and by helping site operators properly secure their servers.
Transparent: All certificates issued or revoked will be publicly recorded and available for anyone to inspect.
Open: The automatic issuance and renewal protocol will be published as an open standard that others can adopt.
Cooperative: Much like the underlying Internet protocols themselves, Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the community, beyond the control of any one organization.
We have a page with more detailed information about how the Let’s Encrypt CA works.
Let’s Encrypt certificates do not include a warranty please see EV SSL below.
Please see EV SSL for Major Brands, banks or financial institutions. Collecting data, processing logins or online payments can also benefit from displaying their verified brand identity.
Who Should Use EV SSL Certificates?
EV SSL Certificates can be used in all applications that require stronger identity assurance and added trust. High profile websites often targeted for phishing attacks, such as major brands, banks or financial institutions, can use EV SSL Certificates for their public facing websites, but any website collecting data, processing logins or online payments can also benefit from displaying their verified brand identity.