SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to GBS’s details. When installed on web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from GBS's web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.
As an international law firm with head office in Vietnam and associated firms in Japan, Poland, Malta and HongKong, GBS needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate a secure session with browsers. Once a secure connection is established, all web traffic between the GBS’s web server and the web browser will be secured.
When a certificate is successfully installed on GBS's server, the application protocol (also known as HTTP) will change to HTTPs, where the ‘S’ stands for ‘secure’. Depending on the type of certificate you purchase and what browser you are surfing the internet on, a browser will show a padlock or green bar in the browser when you visit a website that has an SSL Certificate installed.
How Does an SSL Certificate Work?
SSL Certificates use something called public key cryptography.
This particular kind of cryptography harnesses the power of two keys which are long strings of randomly generated numbers. One is called a private key and one is called a public key.A public key is known to our server and available in the public domain. It can be used to encrypt any message. If GBS’s customers is sending a message to GBS, they will lock it with GBS’s public key but the only way it can be decrypted is to unlock it with GBS’s private key. GBS is the only one who has his private key so GBS is the only one who can use this to unlock customers’ message. If a hacker intercepts the message before GBS unlocks it, all they will get is a cryptographic code that they cannot break, even with the power of a computer.