Are you looking to authenticates and secure your site to protects your visitor’s sensitive data? You can do so by moving your site from HTTP to HTTPS by installing SSL certificates. You may be wondering what the heck SSL is all about if you are a newbie. Don’t worry, just read the post until the end and I am sure you will get to know about SSL certificate or HTTPS.
About SSL Certificate
SSL certificate is a Secure Sockets Layer which protects user sensitive data between a web server and a client. Visitors may share their personal and sensitive data via your site to make a purchase or simply logging in.
To protect their data, you need to provide a secure connection while transferring data. SSL or HTTPS lets you encrypt the data and secures the connection between users’ browser and your server.
When you installed unique SSL certificate, then browsers will tell the user that your site is safe to use. In other words, SSL will encrypt your site visitor’s information and make it safe. If you are running an e-commerce site, then you must install it immediately.
Even Google and other search engines like your site because SSL makes your site trustworthy. Furthermore, It will also boost your site’s search engine ranking and makes harder for hackers to steal information.
What You Install? Dedicated or Shared SSL
You need to purchase a dedicated SSL which will be owned by you only and a shared SSL are free but may have security issues & are not recommended for e-commerce sites.
If you are running a WordPress blog, then you can purchase an SSL certificate from WordPress hosting providers which may offer free SSL with their plans. Siteground, offer a one year free SSL certificate and most hosting providers like Bluehost, Dreamhost also sells SSL certificate.
Why do You need an SSL Certificate?
If you are collecting and transmitting your customer’s information, then you must use an SSL certificate. It lets you secure your site and your customer’s information safely. Visitors and user of your site expect their personal information to remain confidential.
People will never do any transaction unless they are sure that their details will be secure. SSL certificate is the only way to secure your user’s online transactions.
Even, Google takes it as a ranking signal in their search results which means using HTTPS and SSL will help you to improve your site’s SEO.
You can easily Install an SSL Certificate on your website and involves a few steps. I will guide you on how to install it properly in my next post.
Whether a website is safe or not, you can check for security info about the site. Your browser will alert you if you can’t visit the site safely or privately.
Security Status of a Site
You can check a site’s security, to the left of the web address bar in a browser as follows:
Above symbols will let you know whether the site is authentic and secure to use them.
If a browser displays a “Secure” symbol, then you can visit and use the site without worry but still, you must be careful when sharing your private information. In case, you see “Info or Not Secure” symbol, then you can visit and use the site but never share your confidential data on it.
Furthermore, if you see “Not secure or Dangerous” symbol, then get away from it and don’t use or visit the site. It may contain harmful or virus which may affect or steal your information.
I hope this post clarifies how SSL is so important for your online business. Comments below to know more and share your experience if you are using it.
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Published on: 11th Sept’2017