SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, in technical terms it is a security technology tool for establishing an encrypted link between a web server (where your website files are hosted) and a browser (the computer of someone browsing your website). This web security link ensures that all data passed between web servers and browsers remain private and integral.
Now that we have established what a SSL certificate is the burning question is really why should I have a SSL Certificate on my site. It seems we see daily that websites are being hacked and user information is extracted by computer hackers and used for illegal activity; identify theft, and the spread of malicious viruses that can destroy your website viewers
Here is some other reason for adding SSL to your site…
A website with an active SSL certificate will appear in you search
Website with ssl certificate – green address bar in browser window
engine browser as HTTPS. HTTPS is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) for secure communication over a computer network, and is widely used on the Internet
You should always protect all of your websites with HTTPS, even if they don’t handle sensitive communications. Aside from providing critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users’ personal information, HTTPS is a requirement for many new browser features, particularly those required for progressive web apps.
HTTPS helps prevent intruders from tampering with a web user’s browser activity communication and your websites. These Intruders can maliciously attack your website viewers by using your website or use hijack users computer with a Trojan virus and unknowingly to the user inject malware or a vicious virus onto your server that can completely damage your website files and any backups.
These intruders are also exploiting unprotected communications tricking users into giving up sensitive information or installing malware viruses like Zeus to insert advertising onto your website to either trick users or completely take over their computer with ransom ware, deliberately affecting the end users experience on your website.
These Intruders to your website will exploit every unprotected resource that travels between your websites and your users. Images, cookies, scripts, HTML … they’re all exploitable without the proper security in place. An SSL certificate is a bare minimum for your website. Companies like Sitelock provide a firewall to protect your server from malware attacks with vulnerability scanning, malware detection, and source code testing, for a monthly fee. They also scan your server files 24/7 looking for intrusions to your website. These viruses can enter servers and computers at any point within your network or a network you are on, including a user’s machine, a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a compromised ISP. There is no complete and total protection from an attack. There are hackers working 24/7 looking for a weak link in security. Sometime a new update to a website platform can create an opening in your websites security. This is an opening to your server that lets the intruder through your firewall. Like opening a window and letting the thief inside. Companies like Sitelock also offer a warranty service. If your server files are compromised they will fix your server files at no cost to you.
Https is the future of the internet. Search engines like Google are already identifying and flagging sites that are not secure. Unsecure sites are already being issued negative SEO points for being non-secure. Search engines are also warning that in the near future they will begin de indexing sites that are not HTTPS secure.