Whether you have heard of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) before doesn’t really matter because by the end of this you will know all there is to know! Many large and popular websites already have SSL, even though you may not know it. An SSL installed correctly will be visible with a small green padlock icon displayed to the left of a website URL in the browser and https will appear in green as well.
Essentially, SSL certificates are used to secure data transfers, credit card transactions, logins and other personal information. They provide security to customers and make visitors more likely to stay on a website for longer periods of time.
You may have noticed throughout 2017 (especially if you don’t have an SSL) Google began stamping any websites that do not have SSL as ‘Not secure’ – this can be detrimental to your online service as people will begin to lose faith or trust in your business online and now the Government have announced they will be implementing new data laws where every website will be required to have an SSL Certificate. So if you do not currently have one, now is the perfect time!
Here at Universal Web Design, we can help to advise you about the importance of an SSL Certificate as well as implementing one onto your website.