What is it?
A SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server. If you’ve ever noticed a website that says “Not Secure” near the address bar then it means any information that is being sent through this website is not encrypted. I would advise you not to enter any personal information through any contact forms on those websites.
Why do you need one?
There are a number of reasons why you need an SSL certificate including:
- Protecting website visitors data when browsing your website and using contact forms which may include personal data which would comply with data protection laws such as the data protection act and GDPR.
- Google recommends that all sites have an SSL certificate installed and not having one will affect how well your website ranks on their search engine.
- Google also develops Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser, which has now started to notify users with a warning if the site they are about to access is insecure or has an invalid certificate.
- Improves customer trust, your website will have a green padlock sign at the top of the browser to show the site is secure
- If you have an Ecommerce website you will need a valid certificate installed before payment processors for credit and debit cards will allow you to process these payments directly on your website in accordance with their compliance guidelines.