What Is an SSL Certificate?

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An SSL, or secured sockets layer certificate is something that a Web site uses to encrypt data that's sent from a user to a Web site in order to protect their information. Find out how SSL certificates can be purchased with help from a Web designer in this free video on computer troubleshooting and tech support.

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Hi, I'm Noah and I'm going to tell you what an SSL Certificate is. If you're shopping on-line, then you'll want to make sure whatever website you're buying things from has one of these; Or basically if you're transmitting any kind of personal information to a website, you'll want to make sure that they do. An SSL Certificate is something that certifies that a website is using 'Secure Sockets Layer' technology. This is a way of encrypting data that's sent from a user to a website to protect his information, for example, his credit card number. Now there's no uniformed normal design for SSL Certificates, because it depends on what company is providing them. Here is an example of one provided by VeriSign. These SSL Certificates can be purchased through various companies. Although VeriSign is one of the most well-known, they can also be purchased by some hosting and domain retailing companies like Go Daddy.

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