What is SSL certificate?

Laptop showing SSL padlock

What is SSL certificate?

 

First of all, you might be wondering that what does SSL stand for? Well the abbreviation for SSL is Secure Sockets Layer. A SSL certificate simply put is a digital certificate to authenticate your website. It provides an encrypted connection to create a secure link between your website and the website viewer’s browser.

 

 

Why does my website need SSL certificate?

SSL certificate provides security for your website and protects the sensitive information being passed via the computer network. A SSL certificate ensures that only the intended recipient receives the sensitive data to protect us against hackers and identity thieves.

 

The SSL certificate secures:

  • Credit card transactions.
  • Personnel information submitted via contact forms.
  • Login details.
  • Data transfers.

 

The cyber-crimes are increasing day by day as the technology is evolving and it would be a great idea for every business owner to invest into a SSL certificate for their website. The price of a SSL certificate can range from $100/Year to $300/Year depending on the type of certificate required for your website.

 

SSL certificate types:

  • Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificate.
    • A DV SSL certificate comes with 256-bit encryption and is compatible with most web browsers.
  • Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificate.
    • An OV SSL certificate provides a high assurance SSL certificate to validate your business.
  • Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate.
    • An EV SSL certificate provides top level of security to enhance customer confidence with your website.

 

 

How can I tell if a website has SSL certificate?

It is really easy to find out if a website has a SSL certificate and this can be done by simply looking for the lock symbol or “https” written in front of the website URL address at the top of the website page.

 

Website with SSL certificate installed:

URL showing SSL certificate

 

 

Website without SSL certificate:

URL not showing SSL certificate

 

You might not have noticed it, but all the bank websites will have a lock or https in front of their URL.

 

 

Does SSL certificate improve my website’s google ranking?

Google recommends every site to use SSL certificate so that the users feel secure and protected. The key factor for google is the user experience and if anything can be done to enhance that experience then surely google will reward you for it. In this case the user will feel more secure using a website with SSL certificate installed and seeing the lock next to your website’s URL.  Thus, google will trust on a website with the SSL certificate installed and which in turn should improve your website ranking in google search.

 

 

Overall, the SSL certificate will be beneficial for your business website and for the customer as well who will be visiting your website. Installing a SSL certificate is really easy and can done by yourself or you can get a website development company to install it for you.

 

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