Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is technology that provides a secure link between the web browser you are using and the web server. An SSL certificate can be the difference between your personal info staying private or becoming open to hackers. Protection of your private data is significant and can range from more sensitive information such as bank account and credit card numbers to personal information about your identy such as your birthdate and family information.
Why is SSL so Important?
While there are millions of people who use the internet for its services to get through their daily lives and find the information they are looking for, there are also those trolling the internet looking for weak spots where they can steal information for personal use. These hackers will prey on unsecure websites to not only find bank information to use but also personal information to perpetrate identity theft. So it is vital to remember that if your computer is connecting to a site that is not secured, you do stand the risk of information being stolen and it will most likely occur without you knowing.
For those hosting a website, having the additional security is not only vital to protect your visitors, but it also has the added benefit of improving your search engine optimization. Since Google wants to promote safe and secure websites, they have now used their ranking algorithm to sort by security, giving weight to those with security tags.
How Do You Know if a Website Has SSL?
The first indicator that the website you are visiting has a secure socket layer is the "s" following the http that will be visible at the front of the website address. So when you are trying to distinguish between a secure and unsecured site you will want to see https://, instead of http://. Depending on the web browser you are using, you may also see a padlock at the front of the web address. You will be able to click the padlock for more information. On the drop-down you can find out more information about your connection, and if secure, you will see a line that says the website is private. You can also check on the validity of the certificate by selecting certificate information from the drop-down. It is here where you can determine if the certificate has expired which would mean the security was gone.
Why Should You Use SSL for Your Web Hosting?
That additional level of security will not only improve your SEO rankings, but it will also provide your customers with the safety and protection they need while visiting your website. Contact Red Media Lab today to find more information on how SSL can help secure your website and which type and how many certificates your online presence will require.