SSL Definitions

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SSL Definitions
Digital Certificate
Digital Certificate: A digital certificate is an electronic “credit card” that establishes your credentials when doing business or other transactions on the Web. The certificate is issued by a certification authority (CA). It contains your name, a serial number, expiration dates, a copy of the certificate holder’s public key (used for encrypting messages and digital signatures), and the digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority so that a recipient can verify that the certificate is real. Digital certificates can be kept in registries so that authenticating users can look up other users’ public keys.
Secure Socket Layer: The SSL protocol is the web standard for encrypting communications between users and web sites. Data sent via an SSL connection is protected by encryption, a mechanism that prevents eavesdropping and tampering with any transmitted data. SSL provides businesses and consumers with the confidence that private data sent to a web site, such as credit card numbers, are kept confidential. Web server certificates are required to initialize an SSL session.
CSR / Certificate Signing Request.
A Certificate Signing Request is a text file generated by a Web server which contains the following:

* Information about your organization (organization name, country, etc…)

* Your Web or WAP Server’s public key.

Geotrust will use the Certificate Signing Request to gerate your signed digital certificate.