There has been more and more conversations around SSL certificates and the differences between websites with HTTP and HTTPS., so we’ve put together a little article to explain why SSL certificates are important.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL certificate ensures that any information entered from your device to the website you’re visiting is encrypted and therefore makes it much more difficult to hack. There are many different types of SSL Certificates, but more on those below.
SSL stands for Secured Sockets Layer. Think of this as the virtual layer between you and the website you’re on. It’s making sure that everything that passes from you to the website, including, login information, credit card number, etc. is kept safe. Sometimes this is also called a TLS (Transport Layer Security). It is represented in the URL bar of your browser with a green lock, the word “Secure” and https://.
Whats the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?
HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol and HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. The difference is the encryption of information passed from a user through to the HTTPS website. A website with HTTP and not HTTPS is not as secure, and information such as your credit card number could be intercepted by malicious users.
Why is SSL important and what are the benefits?
- Gain customers trust. Your customers are more likely to trust your website if it’s using SSL.
- Website Safety. It’s a good idea for websites to have HTTPS to help reduce the chances of being hacked (whether or not you’re storing personal information).
- Increased Privacy Protection. If your website has login information of any kind or takes credit card information, it’s definitely important that you have HTTPS setup to ensure additional safety with such valuable information.
- Improved SEO Rankings. SSL is being prioritised by search engines as it has the mark of additional security for the website and privacy for personal information being shared on the website.
What type of SSL certificate is right for my website?
There are a number of different types of SSL Certificates, see below for a simple breakdown of different SSL Certificates, but here is a more comprehensive breakdown of SSL certificates.
- Single Domain Validated (DV) SSL. This is the most common. If you’re not collecting any sensitive information, this certificate will probably do the trick. This would be ideal for a blog, startup or small or medium-sized business. You can buy these as cheap as less than £14/year.
- Organization Validated (OV) SSL or Business Validated (BV) SSL. This is best for a website that collects sensitive or private information – whether it be login information, email addresses or credit card information. These typically start around £80/year and can cost as much as £650/year.
- Extended Validation (EV) SSL. These are the industry’s top rated and most trusted SSL products. These are most commonly used on government, e-commerce, social media, news, healthcare, banking, etc. types of websites. Websites that collect login or sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and financial statements should consider using an EV SSL Certificate. These typically start around £147/year and can cost as much as £985/year.
- Wildcard SSL. This will be best for websites that have multiple sub-domains. These can be as cheap as £120/year, but depending on the type of business and coverage you need, could end up costing thousands per year.
Where can i get an SSL certificate from?
Well, you can get them from us, we can provide SSL certificates from the top SSL certificate providers in the world including certificate authorities such as Symantec, RapidSSL GeoTrust and Comodo, you can see our pricing using this link
Why should i have an SSL certificate for my website?
Google is very keen on increasing the safety of the internet, so much so that beginning in January 2017, they have begun marking any website on Chrome without a SSL Certificate as “not secure”. Most search engines are now putting more weight on websites with SSL than those without, increasing your chances of moving up in ranking.