Hello, it’s been a while since I have made a post. I have been busy with client requests but today I will explain one thing that client’s find a little bit difficult to get and how it impacts your website.
We will discuss SSL Certificates today.
What are SSL Certificates?
GlobalSign one of the industry SSL Certificates vendors define it as a small data that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. Cryptographic key here means a key used to transform info to cipher form. SSL Certificates on a website is very evident as shown by the padlock you see or to an extent a green bar displaying the website owner’s details (location).
The presence of an SSL Certificate dictates encryption of client data on the website including card details and email addresses.
How does it work?
When you enter a website address, the server send a copy of the SSL Certificate to the browser to verify if it is a trusted Certificate. Trusted here means from a verified and known company.
NB: Particularly with Google, their browser does not accept self-signed SSL Certificates.
After verification and the browser trusts the SSL, it then sends a message to the server to start an encrypted connection between the browser and the web server. This then changes bar to green with the padlock to indicate encryption and whatever information passed between the browser and the server are encrypted.
Why you need one
There are a number of reasons why you should have an SSL Certificate on your website. I will explore the common and important reasons.
First reason is that the SSL Certificate encrypts all data between the server and the browser. This means that hackers and middlemen cannot snoop into the data or even still information. This is a common issue for many as people interfere in data and use that information gotten for fraudulent activities. Credit card details are one of the most sought out data. So don’t use a card on a website that has no SSL Certificate. The website with no SSL Certificate essentially is inviting hackers to come and still data from them easily.
Next is that Google has made the existence of SSL a requirement for good ranking on their search engines. For some businesses, good ranking is all they need to get more business on. If your business is one of them, get an SSL certificate.
SSL Certificate also provides assurance that you are indeed dealing with the right sever and to a major extent provides trust to your website visitors when they are informed and see the padlock. This can greatly increase conversion for you.
Where to get one
If you need am SSL Certificate, please contact us.
NB: stay alert for another post on the kinds of SSL Certificate and which to get for your website.