What is SSL Certificates?
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 (over port 443) 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.
Why we should use SSL Certificates?
Encrypt Sensitive Information
The most important reason why people used SSL is to keep sensitive information sent across the
Internet encrypted so that only the designated recipient can see and understand it.
Why this is important? The information you send through the Internet is actually passed from
one computer to another until it reached the server. If it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate,
any computers between you and the server can see your credit card numbers or other sensitive information.
But when an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending
the information to. Hence, protects your information from hackers and identity thieves.
Gain Customers’ Trust
If you used an SSL certificate on your site, the Web browsers will give visual identification, such as a lock icon or a green bar,
to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured. This means that they will trust your website more when they see these
signs and will be more likely to buy from you.
SSL providers will also give you a trust seal that will bring more trust to your customers.
Protect from Phishing
A phishing email is an email sent by people who tries to impersonate your website.
The email usually includes a link to their own website or other dangerous sites.
SSL certificate make them very difficult to perfectly impersonate your site as the visitors would not be able to see the secure signs.