SSL Certificates - What are they and why do I need them?

So what is SSL?

SSL stands for Secured Sockets Layer.  It's a protocol thanks encrypts the traffic from the web server to your browser.  Unlike non-secured websites, where traffic travels over port 80, SSL forces traffic to travel over port 443.  So what does that actually mean?  It means that your customers and prospective clients can feel at ease browsing your website knowing that their traffic has been encrypted.  You can always tell a secured website by seeing the green pad lock next to the URL Address bar (kind of like the image above).

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