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

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).

It also means GOOGLE Juice.  As of 2014 Google made securing your website as a ranking signal.  So if you are trying to rank organically, this can only help!

So Why would you need SSL?  If you plan on doing online transactions, if your website uses any login or portal functionality, if you check webmail or outlook web access, or if you want to keep your data secure between servers, improve customer trust and improve conversion rates.  You might want to consider purchasing an ssl cert.

So how much is it going to cost me?

Well SSL certs range from $20 per year to $150 per year depending on which Certificate Authority you choose.  as well as things like warranty, will you be securing multiple domains or if you have multiple IP addresses.

Bottom line, having a SSL certificate is a good idea.  I have provided a few links below to help you further understand what an SSL certificate is.  If you would like to purchase an SSL certificate, fill out the form and one of our team members will contact you shortly.

Thanks for stopping by and as always if you have any questions feel free to fill out the form below and we will gladly walk you through the process.


Reference Links:

SSL Checker - Great tool to check the validity of the SSL Certificate.

Port Authority for 443 - Great tech information regarding SSL and port 443

What is SSL - Simply definition of SSL.

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