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What is an SSL certificate and does my site need one?

By August 21, 2018May 19th, 2022Blog
What is an SSL certificate - protect your website today

In February 2018 Google announced that it would warn visitors to websites that don’t have an SSL certificate installed. Websites without an SSL certificate install now trigger a warning on Google Chrome that it might not be safe to view the content. Most people who see this warning will leave your site immediately and never look back.

That’s why it’s very important for all websites to have an SSL certificate installed.

What is an SSL certificate?

An SSL certificate allows your website URL to use the prefix https. But, more importantly having an SSL certificate installed on your website encrypts data passed through your site keeping it safe from hackers.

Secure connections on your website protect users from cyber attacks called content injections or content spoofing. Spoofed content could include a fake website designed to collect sensitive information.

What type of SSL certificate should a website have?

The type SSL certificate you should install on your site depends on the kind of website you have.

If you have a simple website with a contact form your site, a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate would be adequate for you.

If you have an ecommerce website design you will need an SSL that provides more customer trust, protection and a warranty should any transaction on your site be intercepted (which is very unlikely). For online stores or ecommerce websites we recommend using a ‘Greenbar enabled SSL certificate’. This type of SSL certificate provides:

  • Encryption of traffic to and from your site.
  • Boosts your sites SEO ranking.
  • Bank grade 256-bit SHA 2 encryption.
  • Works with all major browsers.
  • Improves conversion rates for online stores.
  • Displays your sites name in green in the URL.
  • Extended validation.
  • $1,750,000 warranty.
  • A site seal to show your site is protected.