Knowledgebase: Pre-Sales Questions
What are digital certificates?
Posted by Sinan Esen on 03 September 2015 12:09 PM

Overview. A digital certificate is an electronic "passport" that authenticates a web site when doing business or other transactions on the Web. It is issued by a certification authority, such as Entrust and Verisign. It contains, amongst other things, the name, a serial number, expiration dates and the digital signature of the certification authority, so that a recipient can verify that the certificate is genuine.

The two indicators that a website is running on a secure server is that:

  1. The "http:" in the address bar changes to "https:"
  2. And a small padlock appears in the bottom right status bar of your browser.
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