What is an SSL, Do you need it?

Posted By: James Gibson
Date Posted: 29/09/2020

Have you ever been stopped by a website telling you your connection isn’t private? Or noticed that certain URLs start with, instead of 

SSL not installed

It’s ok if you haven’t noticed before but it is something you want to start noticing, you always want to see https:// when visiting any site you trust with your essential information, e.g. banking, Store checkouts. This could be the difference between your valuable data being stolen or your account being compromised.

So, what is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, it is the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data. that is being sent between two systems making sure that data passed between the two are private. This is done using an encrypted link that connects the server and browser. Best way to think of it is the crime safe of the internet, keeping criminals, hackers from reading and modifying any information exchanged a website, including potential personal details.

How can you get an SSL certificate for your website?

You will need to determine what kind of SSL certificate you require for your website. Hosting-Australia offers a wide array of SSL certificates. You can find out which certificate best suits you and your website by visiting www.hosting-australia.com/ssl-certificates. After making the decision you can easily order the correct SSL and the support team will install it for you.

SSL Helpful for SEO?

The main purpose of SSL is securing information between the visitor and a website. The SSL is a part of Google’s searching ranking algorithm when your website is being searched for its results, so it also benefits with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) if you are wanting to attract new customers to your website.

For example, if there are two websites with similar content but one has SSL enabled. Google will pick up the site with the SSL with their algorithm and rank it higher in search results. With this being said there is clearly a benefit to having SSL enabled on your website as it drives more traffic to your website.

Do YOU need SSL?

So, now you are wondering do I need an SSL? Long story short is yes, it is an incredibly smart idea and necessary to have an SSL installed on your website when dealing with valuable information. this is a small price to pay for keeping all your data safe.

If you need help ...

As always if you need extra support regarding the content in this article our team at Hosting Australia have a range of development and security services that can help your website perform better and protect it from attack ...

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