What is an SSL certificate and why do I need one?

SSL certificates keep your data secure, increases Google rankings and enhances customer trust leading to a higher conversion rate.

GlobalSign, a leading SSL supplier describes SSL as;

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

These small data files allow the encryption of data from one computer to another and is also what creates the Padlock symbol in the URL bar. SSL used to be used just for eCommerce sites to ensure no banking information could be seen when passed from a users computer to the online shop but in recent years has become a part of SEO and is important for ranking so is a must on all websites.

The padlock indicates a ‘secure session’ meaning your data is safe against third parties who may be trying to access it.

You may be thinking, why do I need an SSL as I don’t take card payments but SSL certificates have other advantages.

Never buy from a website without the padlock.

All sites hosted with Sherbert Monkey come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate.

For more information on SSL certificates click here.