It’s easy to become focused on how your website looks or functions during the planning, building, and maintenance stages. While both these goals are important, there’s another one that should not be overlooked: the security of your website.
As the web becomes more interactive and users share more information with your website, you need to ensure your website is secure from hackers and viruses. One way to secure your site is through an SSL certificate.
WHAT DOES SSL MEAN?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is security technology that encrypts a connection between a web server and the browser on a user’s computer.
WHY IS SSL IMPORTANT?
By creating a secure connection, the information that is sent between the server and browser, such as passwords, addresses, credit card transactions or other financial information, is kept private and secure from hackers and other malicious attacks.
WHAT IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
An SSL certificate allows you to have a secure connection for your website.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A WEBSITE HAS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
Websites that have an SSL certificate have a URL that starts with “https.” URL’s of websites that don’t have an SSL certificate start with “http.” In addition, many browsers have indicators next to the URL address, such as a green check mark a green padlock, if the website is secure.
HOW DO I GET AN SSL CERTIFICATE FOR MY WEBSITE?
SSL certificates are available through many web hosting providers. As you look the different kinds of certificates available, make sure the companies, and their services, are real and creditable.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
It depends. There are different levels of SSL certificates, and so different level of security. Websites that don’t handle personal or sensitive information could be fine with an inexpensive or free SSL certificate. E-commerce websites, or any website that takes a payment information, will need a higher level of certificate.
Caution: Some “free” SSL certificates are only free for one or two months. After they expire, you could be forced to upgrade to a more expensive plan or charged automatically after the trial period is over.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
At the moment, having an SSL certificate for your website is not a legal requirement. However, you should still have one.
One reason to have an SSL certificate is Google flags websites without them as “Not Secure.” This flag may deter people from visiting your site, and the lack of a certificate will hurt your SEO, meaning your website will drop lower in the search result rankings. In other words, not having an SSL certificate will have a negative affect on your business while having one helps your SEO and credibility.
Though not a legal requirement, an SSL certificate can help you in legal situations. The secure connection created by the certificate is meant to protect any financial or personal information sent through the websites. Without the certificate, this information is vulnerable to hackers. If you have an SSL certificate in place and your website is hacked, it can lessen the repercussions you may face from the law. That said, an SSL certificate should only be one tool in your security measures.
WHAT KIND OF SSL CERTIFICATE TO I NEED FOR MY WEBSITE?
It depends on the size and what kind of website you have. An informational website can have a different SSL certificate than an e-commerce website, as will 5-page and 100-page websites.
WHAT IF I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHICH SSL CERTIFICATE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
If searching the web on your own isn’t working out, our team at Raving Software is always happy to help. You can set up a consultation appointment through ourcontact form.
Source: Mountaintop Web Design
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