What is SSL stand for? SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client—typically a web server (website) and a browser; or a mail server and a mail client.
What is the function of an SSL Certificate? SSL provides 256-bit Encryption of all your sites data. SSL allows sensitive information (credit card numbers, social security numbers, login credentials) to be transmitted securely. Normally, data sent between browsers and web servers is sent in plain text—leaving you vulnerable to eavesdropping. For example, if an attacker is able to intercept all data being sent between a browser and a web server they can see and use that information.
Do I need an SSL for my website? If you sell goods using an e Commerce component and/or store sensitive data on your website, then it is recommended that you employ an SSL certificate. Even if you are using an offline payment gateway such as Paypal, implementing SSL on your website is still highly recommended. Though SSL is not required, it certainly provides a sense of security for your sites visitors when they are getting ready to enter their credit card into your system. Implementing an SSL certificate will also provide protection against hackers that target your sites data content or databases with the intent to harm or disable your website.
Who sells SSL Certificates: Implementing the use of an SSL certificate requires coordination with your hosting company. Hosting companies typically offer SSL certificates from different companies specializing in SSL. Check with your current hosting provider to see what options they may provide. You can click on the link below to see the various SSL Certificate options that GoDaddy offers.
Did you know that SSL is included for FREE on all websites hosted by AdverGroup!
Implementing SSL can be a bit tricky, contact AdverGroup Web Design and we will assist you with all items required to achieve proper SSL implementation on your website!