What is an SSL Certificate?
What is SSL? SSL is the abbreviation used to represent both the cryptographic protocols Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). To make it simple, it is common for malicious users to try and “listen” to the communication between a client and your server with the intention to gather and steal data. This includes personal and credit card information.
When this communication data is not encrypted, it is not safe and your clients are at risk at losing it. You can easily recognize whether a website is encrypted with SSL by looking at the address bar in your browser. If the web address starts with https:// then the website is encrypted, if it is just http://, then the site is not encrypted. For example our website is encrypted and your data is safe with us.
Many online users now understand the benefits of SSL certificates and are aware of websites that are not secured. They will most likely not enter personal information on insecure sites. If your website is insecure and they visit, you may just have lost a customer.
If you own or plan to own an online business that deals with sensitive client data, then it is strongly recommended that you purchase an SSL certificate. You don’t want to endanger your customers or even lose potential clients if your insecure website brings a lack of trust.
Why You MUST now have an SSL Certificate on Your Website
Are you aware that if your site does not have SSL activated starting from January 2017, Google will show a warning message stating that your site is not safe? This means 90% of your visitors will not enter your site. Beginning in January 2017, Google Chrome starts adding warning labels for any websites asking for passwords and/or credit card information which haven’t yet added SSL protection.
This is why you MUST add SSL certificates to any of your websites not currently secured with them. Ignore this warning at your peril, because visitors arriving at non-secured sites via the Chrome browser will begin seeing ‘Not Secure’ in their browser… And when they do, they won’t be sticking around long enough to view your sites. Which means income from your non-SSL secured sites is about to take a significant hit.
And if you think for a moment you can ignore this warning because few visitors use the Chrome browser, think again. Chrome is reported as by far the most popular browser [from 55% to 63%] by a number of sources.
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Now you know what an SSL certificate is, and that you absolutely need one, when you buy one you also need to install it in order to have it running on your domain.
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