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SSL certificates (or “digital certificates”) are a way to use encryption to secure sensitive data across the internet. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is basically providing a secure way to transmit data. SSL certificates are issued by companies such as VeriSign, GeoTrust, and Entrust to individual website owners. Having SSL is vital if you have an ecommerce website, so your transactions are protected from outside sources. Digital certificates encode messages from the sender and decode the messages when they are received by the addressee. Any owner of a website which conducts ecommerce should have a SSL Certificate. Pricing varies from each SSL Certificate provider, so make sure you check out your options.