SSL certificate benefits tell visitors it is safe to come inside. Would you post a sign outside your business that said “Unsafe building, enter at your own risk”? Of course not. But security is not the only benefit of an SSL certificate.
In 2014 there was the HTTPS Everywhere campaign. It was an attempt to secure all websites across the Internet, though few adopted its use. SSL — Secured Socket Layer — is a text file with encrypted data that is installed on the server where your website resides. With it, you now have a secure channel of communication between your website and its visitors.
There are many SSL certificate benefits in addition to just eCommerce site credit card protection.
By 2018 Google Chrome became the most popular browser on the web. And in July of that year, they announced a new policy that disrupted the Intenet.
Their new SSL certificate policy now stated that any site without an SSL certificate viewed on Chrome would display a NOT SECURE landing page.
It would — in so uncertain terms — tell any first time visitor that if they continued their information would be a risk. To then get to your website, a visitor would have to click the ‘proceed’ instead of the ‘back to safety’ link.
HOW SSL WORKS
When you install an SSL certificate, it converts your http://yourcompany.com to https://yourcompamy.com. HTTPS is short for ‘Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure’. It is the protocol for internet communications that protect data integrity and confidentiality between the website and the visiting viewer.
Privacy has become an important discussion globally with the rise of a new digital world. So it’s no longer just about protecting credit card and bank information, but all information. This also includes, but is not limited to passwords, and other private information.
Just completing an email contact form on an unsecured website gives hackers a way to potentially access your computer or cloud account. It can compromise your email. And, with everything today digitally connected, somewhere, somehow, security is paramount.
Data that is sent using the HTTPS protocol is secured by TLS (Transport Layer Security). This provides encryption, authentication, and data integrity. Together this protects both the site owner and their visitors from hackers attempting to access information.:
So ask yourself these simple questions:
If the answers to any of these are yes, then you need an SSL certificate.
If you’re an existing hosting account of ours, the SSL is automatically included in your monthly or yearly subscription — unless you specifically request it not to be.