Adding or updating SSL certificates for your domain

This section provides information about SSLSecure Sockets Layer - A protocol that ensures integral and secure communication between networks. certificates and the steps in adding or updating an SSL certificateSSL certificates are used to authenticate an identity on a server. for your domain.

To ensure that website visitors' information is always safe, an SSL certificate needs to be installed for the domain.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology protects the online transactions and helps increase trust in your Web site in the following three essential ways:

  • An SSL Certificate enables encryption of sensitive information during online transactions.
  • Each SSL Certificate is a unique credential identifying the certificate owner.
  • A Certificate Authority authenticates the identity of the certificate owner before it is issued.

Web servers and Web browsers rely on the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to create a uniquely encrypted channel for private communications over the public Internet. Each SSL Certificate consists of a public key and a private key.

The public key is used to encrypt information and the private key is used to decrypt it. When a Web browser points to a secured domain, a level of encryption is established based on the type of SSL Certificate.

That said, we know you have spent valuable time and resources building up your brand, and we also know that a large part of that is your online presence — including your website domain. That is why we have added the capability for OnDemand customers to use SSL certificates for their support domains.