SSL Certificate Details

A SSL Certificate comes from a CA (Certificate Authority).

It gives you confidence that your personal information is secure when you are involved in a secure session online such as doing banking, shopping, or logging onto an account. The two types of encryption which are most common include 128 bit and 256 bit encryption. There are also older types of 40 bit encryption. Its probably obvious but the higher the number the stronger the encryption. For example 256 bit encryption is much stronger than 40 bit encryption. If you are putting a SSL certificate on a server you will typically need a dedicated IP from the hosting company your website is on.

A Digital Certificate (SSL Certificate) has the following uses:

  • Web servers use certificates to support client authentication
  • SSL certificate allows applications to use client authentication via certificate
  • secure email
  • financial transactions

Info travels through many devices switches, routers, computers between the buyer and the store front that is providing the item for sale. SSL ciphers and deciphers (encrypts and decrypts) the data between your computer and the store front You can identify that SSL is being used as your browser will display an https in front of the url. The SSL certificate if validated by the Certificate Authoity.

A Digital Certificate (SSL Certificate) contains information similar to the following:

  • Common Name (CN)
  • Organization (O)
  • Organizational Unit (OU)
  • Serial Number
  • Issue Date
  • Expiry Date
  • SHA1 Fingerprint
  • MD5 Fingerprint

The information you fill in on an SSL certificate includes your domain name, name of your company, and address. SSL certificates have expiry dates and give details about which CA (Certificate Authority) issued the certificate. A browser will check out all of the certificate details.  If something is wrong such as the certificate being expired then the browser will give a warning message.