About this service
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates a website’s identity and then encrypts information sent from the website to the server using SSL security technology. It says to users that you are who you say you are and the issuer has verified that to be true.
When you have an SSL Certificate, your payment site will display:
A padlock symbol in your customer’s web browser when your site is opened
The https prefix in front of your URL address in the browser
There are five simple steps to the SSL process:
A browser tries to connect to a secured website.
The server shares a copy of its SSL Certificate and its public key.
The browser checks and authenticates the SSL Certificate. If the browser trusts the SSL Certificate it then sends back a session key to the server using the server’s public key.
The server confirms that it recognises and trusts the issuer of the SSL certificate. This is known as the “SSL handshake” and it begins a secure session that protects message privacy and message integrity.
The browser and the server share encrypted data over the secure channel.