What is an SSL Certificate and Why Do You Need One?

If you have never heard of an SSL certificate, don’t worry, I will try to answer any questions you may have.

What does SSL stand for? Secure Sockets Layer. It is a digital certificate that gives your website authenticity. It also gives you an extra layer of security. It encrypts the information sent to the server using the SSL technology.

What is in the SSL certificate? Well, the certificate contains:

  • The certificate’s serial number and expiration date.
  • There is also a copy of the certificate holder’s public key
  • The certificate holder’s name
  • The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority

What does all this mean? In other words, the SSL certificate serves as sort of an electronic passport that makes your site valid to users. This is very important. The reason you have a website is to get people to visit and their security should be your priority. Also, if you are selling something from your website, you need to be able to offer that security to your visitors: especially since they are providing personal and financial information to place an order from your site.

What role does Google play? Google will not index or make your site easy to find without the SSL certificate.

How do I know if a site has an SSL certificate? Well, it is the difference between http:// and https://. If your URL does not start with https you may not have a Secure Socket Layer on your site.

How do I get an SSL certificate on my site? Contact your website administrator. They should be able to get your SSL certificate set up on the server.

As always, feel free to reach out and ask questions.

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