An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital standard of security technology that is an integral part of any website. It authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts (scrambles) information sent to the server using SSL technology. This scrambled message can then only be put into readable format by a proper decryption key.
What Is an SSL Certificate?
SSL certificates establish an online entity’s credentials for doing business on the internet and is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer, logins and securing browsing of social media sites. It protects your client’s credit card information and can shield you from potential interception of private client and personal information, malware and other sites injecting advertisements into your resources.
The SSL certificate contains:
- The certificate holders name
- The certificate’s serial number and expiration date
- A copy of the certificate holder’s public key
- The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority
You can obtain an SSL certificate in a 3 of ways.
- It may come with your hosting package
- You can buy it through your website company
- You can purchase from a 3rd party supplier.
If you have got hosting already, you can obtain your SSL through your hosting company but will have to renew it and pay additional fees, however you will need to assess the level of security you require. Many of these SSL certificates are not strong enough for full e-commerce sites. If you plan on having a full e-commerce shopping component of your website, you will need to upgrade to a higher security level SSL. Your website developer can assist with this.
How Can I tell if I Already Have an SSL Certificate?
Take a look at the URL of your website. HTTPS at the start of your website address means you’ve already got one, HTTP means you don’t.
Do I really Need a SSL Certificate?
Yes, ALL websites need an SSL Certificate, especially if you are:
- Are you selling something?
- Are you collecting credit card details in any way?
- Do you have a buy, donate or purchase button on your website?
What if I Don’t Have an SSL Certificate
Chrome and other browsers will mark your website with a warning and label it as not secure, which will be viewed unfavourably by your protentional visitors and negatively affect your search rankings.
Who Can Help Me Get an SSL Certificate Suitable For My Website?
As with all aspects related to a professional website, your website developer can assist you with your SSL requirements.
Cathy Smith and the team at CATCO Enterprises are specialists when it comes to maximising the potential of your website and maintaining it’s reliability and integrity.
Call Cathy today on 9797 0889 to discuss all your website needs.