The benefits of your website having an SSL Certificate
What is an SSL Certificate
A Secure Certificate, also known as SSL or Secure Sockets Layer, is data files that tether a coded key to your company details. What that means is it encrypts any information you enter on a website from your name to your credit card details through a form, shop, etc.
What we mostly know of SSL Certificates is when we use credit card transactions for payments online. That little padlock icon gives a sense of security while we make our purchase, by keeping information safe from your browser all the way to the server.
When the SSL Certificate is installed on a website, this padlock is initiated as well as the application protocol which changes the HTTP to HTTPS, the ‘s’ standing for secure.
Reasons to have a Secure Certificate
OSD would suggest that your company should have an SSL Certificate on your website, to give a sense of security to your site visitors, especially if your business is:
- An Online shop using an eCommerce solution such as Realex, PayPal, Stripe, WorldNet, etc.
- Taking Credit Card payments.
- Using a contact form that gathers personal information.
Another benefit of having an SSL Certificate is future proofing your business.
It has been noted that Google has started to favour sites that have an SSL Certificate. Google Chrome has the “secure” wording included in the address bar, just to hammer the point home more.
More and more clients of OSD Digital Agency are asking for SSL Certificates, as “peace of mind” is hard to put a price on.