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Cingular Hosting - What is an SSL Certificate?

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, it is cryptographic protocol that provide security and data integrity for communications over networks such as the Internet. Data sent via an SSL connection is protected by encryption, a mechanism that prevents eavesdropping and tampering with any transmitted data. Having an SSL on your site makes businesses and consumers eager to submit their confidential details over a web site e.g. credit card or other payment details for e-commerce web sites or other personal details shared for sign in to regular online services.

How It Works?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) issued by a trusted authority such as RapidSSL or GeoTrust is installed on your domain's hostname i.e. secure.domain.com. When there is a client of yours that browses to https://secure.domain.com the connection between the browser and the server is encrypted with a 128 or 256 bit key. Any data sent between your client's browser and the server is encrypted before sending and decrypted after received on the server. In that way information transmitted over the Internet is encrypted and signed as secured by this trusted authority. When sending data over https:// the Browser checks the validity of the SSL Certificate with the issuance authority. SSL technology protects your Web site and makes it easy for your Web site visitors to trust you.

What is a Wildcard SSL?

Regular SSL Certificates are issued and signed to a single hostname of your domain. In other words you can use it only for one particular subdomain e.g. www.domain.com or secure.domain.com. If you want to have an encrypted secure connection over several subdomains you need Wildcard SSL Certificate. It can be used to secure multiple subdomains on a single domain name.

Company Information

Cingular, Inc.
121 South Orange Ave
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (321) 473-6400
Toll Free: (855) 694-8489