Which Sites Need An SSL Certificate?
DAll conscientious websites that handle any kind of user information have SSL technology protecting their
In this modern age, more transactions are carried out through the internet than ever before. When financial
details are submitted online, SSL certificates are a must. That said, SSL is critical for any website
that asks users for any personal data such as contact information for a mailing list or username or password
for login. Your website’s reputation depends on keeping these details protected.
SSL isn’t only a priority for e-commerce site owners. These days, internet users are savvy enough to look
for the lock when visiting a website. HTTPs at the beginning of a website addresses indicates that a
site is secure and safe to use. Applying SSL is a simple way to win user trust and quell any privacy
concerns when data is offered online.
Why Use SSL with Your Website
The main purpose of SSL is to provide secure online banking transactions, logins and data transfers that
are useful for all manner of websites. It's commonly used for these purposes but has other The most common
use is for websites where secure data is transmitted across like card payment details or secure login
details. It also:
Keeps data secure between servers, safe from the hands of hackers.
Google and other search engines are taking serious measures to highlight unsafe (HTTP) website to
their site visitors.
Builds and enhances customer trust and potentially improve conversion rates.
The Google Factor
Installing SSL to your server for Google’s benefit is as a good reason as any. The search engine is hot on
website security and uses whether your site is deemed secure (if it’s SSL certified is part of that)
as a ranking signal. It takes the security of its users very seriously. In the eyes of Google, it doesn’t
matter if you accept payments on your website or not. It wants everything on the web to be secure and
avidly encourages site owners to adopt HTTPS.
As of October 2017, Google’s Chrome browser reflects the search giant’s dedication to user security. The
landing page result of any site not holding an SSL certificate will be displayed to all their visitors
as ‘Not Secure.’ Google’s action has made it clear: it’s time for unencrypted sites to upgrade.
On their path to stamp out the use of non-secure (HTTP) sites, future releases of Chrome will further impede
non-HTTPS sites. While it may seem like adding an SSL certificate to your domain is an inconvenience,
it’s ultimately a move that’s going to future-proof your website, and protect the privacy of your users.
Protect user logins
One of the most valuable aspects of adding an SSL certificate to your website is to protect any of your password
protected pages - including your content management system such as WordPress, or other database-driven
sites that require a login page for the admin to gain access.
Although it’s not apparent to most people browsing the internet, the web is filled with ill-intended bots
that seek out poorly-protected login forms to crack into entire websites or gain access to membership
accounts You don’t want to log on to your site’s administration panel only to find your pages have been
defaced or completely deleted and your member’s accounts have been infiltrated.
Membership sites with multiple logins are a juicy target for hackers to attack as they create more opportunities
to do so. - Keep in mind that anything that needs to be secure online needs to operate under the safety
net of an SSL certificate.
Secure Web Forms
Not all websites use online transaction to collect money for products and services. There are plenty of websites
that collect information. Anything with an online form such as a questionnaire reviewing a product, leads
for potential home renters or buyers, or a Contact Us form, for example could use extra security.
Any website collecting even the most basic information such as name, address, phone number and email address
should apply SSL protocol. Chances are, clients would not want this information leaked.