The importance of SSL, https and security for your website.

SSL may sound familiar to many people but they might not necessarily know what it is. It’s something to do with the Internet, right? SSL means “Secure Sockets Layer”.

Many large and popular websites already have SSL, even though you may not know it. Look at your navigation bar above and you’ll notice a padlock; this means any data transmitted between your browser and the website you’re visiting will be secure.

Simply put, Secure Sockets Layer is used to secure the data transmitted over the internet between your computer and the destination servers. This could be the password you used to log into Facebook or your credit card information when you are purchasing something online, basically any important information you wouldn’t want others to know.

With an SSL certificate, any information that is transmitted becomes encrypted by inserting random characters into the original message making it unreadable to everyone except the intended server. This makes it nearly impossible for hackers to steal your information.

Google now uses your site’s ability to support SSL (or https at the front of yur web address) as a ranking signal and it will have a minor impact in Google search. If you’re interested in protecting your website, contact us today.