What Is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer.
How Does It Work?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the most commonly used protocol for web security. When you connect to a web site using SSL, your browser asks the server to authenticate itself, or confirm its identity. The authentication process uses cryptography to verify that a trusted independent third party, or certificate authority has registered and identified the server. SSL can also authenticate connecting users or their computers. A secure web site uses encryption and authentication standards to protect the confidentiality of web transactions.
How Much Does It Cost?
Practically all current browsers are set up by default to accept SSL certificates from most established certificate authorities, and to notify you when you are entering or leaving secure sites, including secure areas of comprehensive sites.