What is SSL Certificate?
In one sentence, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private. according to SSL.COM authority.
A secure website with Secure Sockets Layer enabled will establish a tunnel between the server that hosts the website and your browser. Any hackers that try to get information cannot access the tunnel, which means any information you share on the website is secure. The secure connection and authentication happen in the background in mere fractions of a second and will not affect your website’s performance.
How user’s information gets hacked without SSL?
When you visit on a website page that has a form after that form is filled-in and you click on ‘submit’ button, the information you just entered can be traced by a hacker on an unsecured website.
This information could be anything from details on a bank transaction to your personal data. What can happen then?
A hacker keeps a small, undetected listening program on the server hosting a website. That program waits in the background until a visitor starts typing information on the website, and it will activate to start capturing the information and then send it back to the hacker.
But when you visit a website that’s encrypted with Secure Sockets Layer, your browser will form a connection with the web server, look at the SSL certificate, and then bridge together your browser and the server. This binding connection is secure so that no one besides you and the website can access what are you typing in your browser.
Benefits of Adding SSL to Your Content
There are several benefits of adding SSL certification. Some are explained here:
Trust is the foundation of your relationship with your visitors and customers.
With SSL enabled you can build trust with people visiting your site, and ensure their information is safe. The visual cues on an SSL-enabled website clearly show the visitor that you value their safety and are protecting their information from potential hackers.
Increased visibility in search results.
Google now factors SSL into its algorithm and has publicly stated that a website with SSL enabled may outrank another site without SSL.
Keep your audience/customer worry less
From 17th October 2017, Google’s Chrome browser started warning users on pages that aren’t encrypted with an SSL certificate. According to a recent Research survey,
82% of respondents would leave a site if they saw this “Not Secure” warning
Peace of mind.
Our SSL service integration ensures security on your website. This means you can spend more time on your result from website and less time worrying about potential security incidents.
How can my visitors tell if my site is secure?
There are a number of visual cues that are immediately showing any website enabled with SSL. Let’s go through a few of them:
- HTTPS: Within the URL of your browser, you may commonly see “http://”. When the additional ‘s’ is present, it will display as “https://” and visitors will be able to tell the site is secure.
- In some browsers, such as Google Chrome, the URL bar will say “Secure” and display a green lock icon when visiting a site that has SSL enabled.
- Some websites, primarily e-commerce, will add a badge to the web page indicating that it’s secure.
Take an SSL right now!
If you’re still skeptical about taking an SSL for your site. Tech giant Google is going to make it easy for you. From July 2018. They are going to show all websites without SSL certificate Not Secure in their browser. Given that, the Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, you should change your decision about taking SSL later on. Chrome still shows websites without SSL as a warning alert from any visitors.Check their current blog to see how they are bringing these changes.
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