What is Website Security Certificate? Use and Importance of a Security Certificate

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Website Security Certificates are an important part of building a trustworthy environment that ensures the user of his/her privacy and keeps the information shared by them protected. Websites with Security Certificates have HTTPS in front of their URL (Uniform Resource Locator) which indicates that the website is safe from any malicious and unauthorized hackers.


The details of the Certificate and the issuing Authority can be viewed by the user by clicking on the padlock icon before the URL of the website. The Secure Sockets Layer certificate is the current verification certificate for websites. 


If a website does not have a Security Certificate, the user browsing and using the website becomes a vulnerable target for hackers and malicious parties which try to steal important information like bank details, credit/debit card information, business records, etc.


Hence a user should avoid using unprotected and uncertified websites for their data safety and privacy. 


The Security Certificate is given to the website after proper authorization and identification checks of the website owner. The security of a website is done with the help of an encryption algorithm which safeguards our data and information by blocking foreign and unknown third parties.


But the Security Certificates (SSL) have a huge dependency upon the Certificate Authority which not always functions according to the designated parameters, for example – certificate authorities vary in their strictness towards validation of information of the website owner and making sure whether the proofs provided are original or not. 


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