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What is SSL & Why Is It Important

SSL = Secure Socket Layer

SSL Certificates are data files that authenticate your server & bind a cryptographic key pair to that server, a padlock to ensure secure connections on your web server. It ensures a secure link between web browser and a web server.

It is indicative of https:// vs. http://

The reason why it is important is because it:

  • protects sensitive data that is being transmitted whether its PHI, HiPAA, PII for example from hackers

  • it is a requirement for PCI data (payment card information)

  • it will notify you of any potential risk like a security threat

  • it requires users to authenticate (log in) when making a purchase for example to verify their identity & builds trust in your users

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