Taken from our SSL page on Koolwebs.co.uk :
WHAT IS SSL?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) enhances a web site’s security by providing two important features: encryption and authentication.
- Encryption means that the data sent between your web site and users is unreadable by others. When a user accesses your site using an SSL connnection (URLs that begin with https://), the web server and web browser exchange encrypted information. Contrast this with unencrypted web transactions, which are transmitted as plaintext and subject to eavesdropping.
- Authentication means visitors can trust that you actually are who you claim to be. When users access your site using an SSL connection, they can be confident that they are seeing your site, and not an impostor’s. Whereas encryption helps protect data, authentication helps prove your identity to others.
When users visit an SSL-enabled site, most web browsers display a lock icon (usually in the address bar). To enable SSL for your own web site, you must obtain and install a certificate.
Let’s Encrypt certificates do not include a warranty please see EV SSL below.
Please see EV SSL for Major Brands, banks or financial institutions. Collecting data, processing logins or online payments can also benefit from displaying their verified brand identity.
Who Should Use EV SSL Certificates?
EV SSL Certificates can be used in all applications that require stronger identity assurance and added trust. High profile websites often targeted for phishing attacks, such as major brands, banks or financial institutions, can use EV SSL Certificates for their public facing websites, but any website collecting data, processing logins or online payments can also benefit from displaying their verified brand identity.