What’s a Certificate Authority (CA)?

Certificate Authorities (CAs) are globally trusted entities, such as DigiCert and Sectigo, that are authorized to issue SSL Certificates. Browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, are applications that read the certificates to determine whether visitors can trust your website. Browsers trust the CAs, so when a CA validates your domain, organization and/or extended company details and says you’re legitimate, the browsers take them at their word. The CAs and browsers come together in the CA/B Forum to establish the ‘rules of the web’ that govern the issuance and management of SSL certificates.

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