Do I Need an SSL Certificate on my Website?

If you use Chrome as your browser you likely have reached websites and gotten a warning the the website is not secure.

Google is the driving force behind the move to add an additional layer of security to site. July 2018 Google began requiring websites to have an SSL Certificate or have a "NOT SECURE" warning appear with the URL.

Here's an example:

SSL stands for secure sockets layer. It provides a security protocol that establishes encrypted links between a web server and a web browser. An SSL Certificate is generally provided by the hosting services. Some hosts include the SSL in their hosting fees and others charge separately.

  1. An SSL Certificate Secures Data Transfer
    Whenever a user submits information to your website that information can be vulnerable to hackers. Whether it's a contact form, a login form or a purchase, keeping the data safe is essential.
  2. SEO benefits to an SSL
    One of the factors Googles search algorithm takes into account is an SSL certificate. Having an SSL can boost your website in search rankings.
  3. An SSL boosts trust in your website
    If a visitor your site sees a notice that the site might not be secure and element of mistrust can develop. An SSL lets visitors have confidence that the information they provide is secure on your website.

If you need help setting up an SSL Certificate contact your hosting provider and they can help you. You can also contact us. We provide secure hosting that includes an SSL certificate to all of our clients.