Why your website needs an SSL certificate
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is used to secure website logins, credit card transactions, and is standard on all social media sites, Gmail, and many other service providers. All websites should be using an SSL certificate, we're amazed at how many sites don't use SSL. If you’re logging onto your non-SSL website on public Wi-Fi, such as free Wi-Fi in a coffee shop, other users on the same Wi-Fi network could easily grab your username and password.
Here are 6 advantages to utilizing an SSL certificate:
Google has confirmed that it gives extra weight to websites that utilize an SSL certificate. You will improve your Google rankings a little by using an SSL cert.
Communications to and from your website will be encrypted. So even if somebody was able to 'listen' to your conversation, it would be very difficult for them to decrypt the messages. You don’t want somebody to steal your WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla! login details do you?
Your communications cannot be modified by a 3rd party. Any modification or corruption during transfer will be detected.
Enhance your customers trust. An SSL Certificate will contain your domain name, company name, company address, and country. Many business class SSL certificates are manually verified. What does this mean? Web browsers will display a green lock icon or a green bar to show the user the business is verified and legitimate.
If you're running an online shop and taking credit card information you must use a valid SSL certification to be PCI compliant.
Reduces Phishing Attacks
Spam and phishing emails will contain links to sites that do not use SSL certificates, and even if they did use an SSL certificate, it's unlikely it will trigger the 'green lock' or 'green address bar'. This assists web users to recognize dangerous links, and fake websites.
SSL is an important additional security layer. It is not a replacement for regular maintenance, and installing security patches on your CMS and hosting server.
Secure your website with an SSL certificate today!
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