How does SSL/TLS work?

  • In order to provide a high degree of privacy, SSL encrypts data that is transmitted across the web. This means that anyone who tries to intercept this data will only see a garbled mix of characters that is nearly impossible to decrypt.
  • SSL initiates an authentication process called a handshake between two communicating devices to ensure that both devices are really who they claim to be.
  • SSL also digitally signs data in order to provide data integrity, verifying that the data is not tampered with before reaching its intended recipient.