What is SSL and what are SSL certificates?
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates are widely used to help secure and authenticate communications both on the internet and within organisational intranets. Using SSL certificates on your organisation's web servers means you can securely collect sensitive information online and give your customers and users confidence that their communications with you are protected. This guide from Thawte provides an introduction to SSL security, covering the basics of how SSL functions. You will also find a discussion of the various applications of SSL certificates, along with information on their proper deployment and details of how you may test SSL certificates on your web server.