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What is a SSL Certificate and why do I need one now?

When visiting a website, you may notice some begin with http:// and some begin with https:// the difference is the “s” being a SSL Certificate. SSL Certificates provide an extra layer of security for a website through a cryptographic key, but we won’t get into the exact web jargon here.

As of 2017, browsers such as Chrome and Firefox have decided to bring ‘Not Secure’ messages to the front-and-centre of websites for visitors, promoting online safety. The browsers will now display warnings when users are on websites without SSL certificates, letting users know they are not secure. Further warnings will be generated if the user is required to use passwords or use a payment gateway.

Further to the browsers clamping down on websites without SSL certificates, popular payment gateways will no longer work correctly or at all without an SSL certificate present on a website.

Google also lists SSL Certificates and secure websites as a ranking feature, so not only do SLL certificates benefit security and user experience, they also benefit SEO!

Why You NEED an SSL Certificate

Don’t just take our word for it, the benefits speak for themselves!

HTTPS loads websites far faster than HTTP

Faster websites means higher search rankings. Test the difference here

Firefox will warn users about entering any information if you don't have an SSL

Warnings will appear in login fields and checkouts.

Browser User Warnings

“Eventually, Chrome will show a Not Secure warning for all pages served over HTTP, regardless of whether or not the page contains sensitive input fields. Even if you adopt one of the more targeted resolutions above, you should plan to migrate your site to use HTTPS for all pages.” Developers, Google Chrome

“To continue to promote the use of HTTPS and properly convey the risks to users, Firefox will eventually display the struck-through lock icon for all pages that don’t use HTTPS, to make clear that they are not secure. As our plans evolve, we will continue to post updates but our hope is that all developers are encouraged by these changes to take the necessary steps to protect users of the Web through HTTPS.” Mozilla Firefox

How Do I Get One?

Contact us for a quote in switching over to HTTPS by gaining an SSL certificate.