How SSL certificates work
An SSL certificate creates a secure tunnel through which information including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and more can pass safely.
First, the SSL “handshake”When a visitor enters an SSL-protected website, your SSL certificate automatically creates a secure, encrypted connection with their browser. Your site is most secure when SSL is deployed on all pages and subdomains.
The padlock icon appearsOnce the connection is complete, a padlock icon and HTTPS prefix appear in the visitor’s browser bar to show them they’re safe to share personal details. If you install an EV (Extended Validation) SSL, the browser will activate the green bar and display your company name to prove you’re legit.
You’re good to goAll information passing to and from your website is now encrypted, making the data virtually un-hackable