An SSL, (Secure Sockets Layer), Certificate is a digital certificate that secures the connection between a website server and your browser. When you visit a website, it will identify itself to your browser through a copy of its’ SSL Certificate. This secures the connection so that all transmitted data is encrypted. Over half of the websites online are protected with SSL Certificates. Do you need one for your website?

How it Works

When you make an online purchase, you often need to create a user account. You supply information that usually includes your name, address and credit card details.Sometimes you even need to provide more personal details, depending on the site.  You can secure your account with a password, but there’s much more to it.  If the website doesn’t have this information encrypted, it is easy for this information to be stolen. An SSL Certificate ensures that all of your private information is protected and cannot be intercepted. It codes the details so they aren’t readable to intruders.

How to Get An SSL Certificate

In order to get an SSL Certificate, you need to submit a CSR, (Certificate Signing Request), to a certification authority. The CA will verify your company’s information such as the company name, address and registration. They will look at your rights to the domain and ensure your company’s official information matches the information supplied. They will also make sure that the company is legally entitled to trade. Once the information is verified and your identity confirmed, your SSL certificate will be issued.

How it Looks

Once you receive your SSL Certificate, your websites browser address bar will display HTTPS. HTTPS is the secure online protocol for HTTP. A padlock will appear in the bar as well as your company’s name. All of these attributes let your customers know that you have taken the correct security steps to ensure that their information is secure. Many customers won’t make a transaction on a site without HTTPS.

Is it Necessary?

Not all websites have SSL certificates. It is dependent on your business. Having a website where your customers make purchases and use private information means you should have an SSL Certificate. It will make your transaction information unreadable to any other server other than the one it’s intended for. It might not be necessary to have it on all of your pages, but definitely the pages where transactions take place. Need more information? Please feel free to contact us at https://www.viabledesign.co.uk/contact-viable-design/

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