Learning Center - Types of SSL certificates | SSL certificate types explained

There are several types of different SSL certificates. While all provide the same level of TLS encryption, they serve different purposes and are used in different contexts. An SSL certificate (more accurately called a TLS certificate), is necessary for a website to have HTTPS encryption. An SSL certificate contains the website’s public key, the domain name it’s issued for, the issuing certificate authority’s digital signature, and other important information. It’s used for authenticating an origin server’s identity, which helps prevent on-path attacks, domain spoofing, and other methods attackers use to impersonate a website and trick users.

HTTPS creates an encrypted connection between a user’s browser and the web server they are communicating with, protecting the communications from being intercepted. SSL certificates are necessary for establishing this encrypted connection (see What is an SSL certificate? to learn more). Or learn more about the Types of SSL certificates in the Cloudflare Learning Center](https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/ssl/types-of-ssl-certificates/).

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