What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Websites require an SSL Certificate to be installed onto their web server to have a secure session with other browsers. If all the web traffic between the server and the browser has to be secure, a secure connection must be established. When an SSL certificate is successfully installed on your server, HTTP—the application protocol—will change to HTTPs, where the 's' stands for 'secure'. In most cases, the browser will show a green padlock or a green bar in the browser when you visit websites that have SSL certificates installed.
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