Is SSL Required for my Site?
If you're not sure whether your site has SSL, you can easily find out by checking the URL of the site. If
it starts with HTTP, you aren't secure, and if it begins with HTTPS, then your website has an SSL certificate.
Some internet browsers have began publicly shaming sites without SSL. Different browsers have imposed
different indicators of whether a site is secure. For example, Google Chrome will signal the site is
‘not-secure’ in the browser bar while Firefox will label them ‘non-secure’.
You might want to think about adding an SSL certificate to your website is if any of your pages are password
protected. This especially includes WordPress or other database-driven sites with a login page for the
administrator. Anyone with access to this login can modify your pages or take your entire site down.
Today, an e-commerce world has many online data breaches, and they are rapidly growing over the internet,
so every website owner must have an SSL Certificate to encrypt user’s information & keep them safe and
secure on the internet.
To summarize, these are the reasons your website needs SSL:
If your site has a login, you need SSL to secure usernames and passwords.
If you are using forms that ask for sensitive customer information, you need SSL to stop your customer
data from being appropriated by hackers.
If you're an ecommerce site, you may need an SSL certificate.
Do I Have Logins to Secure?
Not everyone collects money online. Some websites collect information. This could be anything from newsletter
subscription forms to subscription to a newsletter. If your site has forms that ask for even the most
basic information, such as name, phone number, email address and home address, you should be using SSL.
Any site with forms asking for user information should make sure their web forms are secure. Without an SSL
certificate, these forms can be intercepted, easily. Technically, whenever a user inputs data in different
fields in your website that information directly goes to a server or stored elsewhere. This way of exchanging
information is easy for even beginner hackers to intercept.
Chances are your clients would not want that information leaked and will avoid using your services if there’s
a chance this could happen. Not having SSL on your site could impact on sales and subscriptions due to
visitors not filling out forms on unsecured pages. If you have SSL Certificate installed, you became
a trusted owner of your user information and securing them.
Do I Use Forms With Sensitive Customer Information?
If your site has a way users can log in with a username and password, then you should think about using an
SSL Certificate on your login page. Without it, their passwords are transmitted in plain text and could
be intercepted by hackers anywhere along the journey from their computer to where your website server
Do You Have an E-commerce Site That Stores Credit Card Information?
Credit cards and social security numbers are two of the most notable types of sensitive data that need an
SSL certificate. It's unlikely anyone would want to put their customers at risk of having their credit
card information stolen while using your site?
E-commerce sites may need an SSL certificate. If you are or plan on accepting major credit cards online,
you need a merchant account - most of them require you to use an SSL certificate. If the eCommerce website
has no SSL, visitors may abandon the shopping cart and as a result, sales will suffer.
Not every e-commerce site needs SSL
Some websites use e-commerce shopping cart tools that come with their secure payment system. In these cases,
a third party handles the credit cards or provides another method of paying online. If you use a third
party payment gateway and the sensitive data is processed at the gateway's website, then you don't need
Let's use Paypal as an example. When a customer buy items from your website, and you send them to a site
like Paypal, paypal processes the payments. Paypal has the SSL certificate so it can safely contacts
the bank and finishes the transaction on your behalf. For this kind of e-commerce, because your website
is not capturing sensitive data, you do not need an SSL certificate.
What if I None of the Above Apply to Me?
There are other reasons, however, to add an SSL. If your website doesn’t collect sensitive data, like credit
cards or social security numbers, you may not have needed an SSL certificate in the past. However, with
the new browser notifications, it’s now essential to ensure every website has an SSL certificate and
is loaded via HTTPS.