The History Of SSL Certificates

The History Of SSL Certificates

If you glance up at the top of your screen, you will notice a small green padlock indicating that the website you are viewing is encrypted. This small green padlock is in place due to an installed SSL Certificate on the website. It indicates an increased level of security that represents over ten years of SSL/TLS evolution. Read on to learn more about how the magic of Secure Socket Layer came to be.

In the beginning…

In 1994, Netscape first introduced SSL. The internet was quickly expanding and additional security was essential to the success of the web. However, the first few trial versions of SSL did not meet expectations. It wasn’t until the release of SSL 3.0 in November of 1996 that the technology was able to be used effectively. 

Introducing Transport Layer Security (TLS)

In 1999, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IEFT) introduced the Transport Layer Security (TLS) as a way to reinforce and upgrade SSLv3. Google writes that TLS was “developed as a standardized protocol to provide the same functionality.” While TLS 1.0 was based on SSLv3, the two “are not interchangeable.” 

Modern-day encrypted security

The current version of TLS is TLS 1.3, released in August of 2018 after the IEFT spent ten years and 28 drafts perfecting the version. The newest version focuses on simplicity and ultimate security and efficiency. These benefits are available whenever an SSL Certificate is installed on a domain. You can check that encryption is taking place by looking for an ‘https://” and a green padlock in the URL bar. 

When data is encrypted from one location to another, a ‘handshake’ takes place. TLS 1.3 has made encryption so efficient that only one handshake is necessary to transport information. When these handshakes take place, the server and the client establish data integrity by exchanging important information that only the two parties could know. If a secure connection is not established then the communication is dropped.

Harnessing SSL/TLS Security

SSL Certificates from allow you to protect your website and your client data in one easy, inexpensive step. Prevent your clients’ sensitive information (including payment information, credit cards, address, phone number, and name) from being intercepted during communication. SSL Certificates instantly add credibility and authority to your website by publicly displaying that you value data security.  

If you’re still not convinced, see our top reasons for using an SSL Certificate below: 

Brand reputation. 

Many ecommerce shoppers refuse to submit their information through online connections not protected by an SSL Certificate. Show your clients that you value the security of their data by installing an SSL Certificate. 

Increased SEO value. 

Many web browsers will attempt to prevent you from entering websites not protected by SSL Certificates. The warnings state that their connections are not private, instantly deterring potential clients. 

Prevent data breaches.

SSL Certificates are an easy and inexpensive way to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks where hackers steal your information during transit. 

Increased sales. 

Better online security will instantly translate to better online sales. 

Client confidence.

Demonstrate to customers that you are a brand that can be trusted with your Comodo security seal, green SSL padlock, and URL beginning with “https://’ in one easy step.

Protect you and your clients’ data today with an SSL Certificate from

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