SSL security certificates for websites & e-commerce

SSL security certificates for websites & e-commerce

Google wants a more secure web and is making HTTPS the standard for all websites.

In July 2018, Google announced they would begin marking all sites without an SSL certificate as “not secure.” This identifier allows website visitors to know whether or not their personal information is safe and secure while they’re browsing sites on the internet.

When an SSL certificate is present on a site, the site’s URL will display as ‘HTTPS’ and you’ll see a green lock next to the words ‘Secure’ in the URL window. HTTPS indicates that the site protects user data and ensures that the user is connected to an authentic site.  Bottom line, Google wants a more secure web and is making HTTPS the standard for all websites going forward.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer (SSL). SSL is a security protocol that allows encrypted communication between a web server and internet browser. It encrypts all data transmitted between the server and the user using an encryption key that is placed on the server.

If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, then a secure connection can’t be established. This means that the information transmitted is not connected to a cryptographic key.

SSL certificates include the following information:

  • Name of the certificate holder
  • The certificate’s serial number and expiration date
  • A copy of the certificate holder’s public key
  • The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority
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An SSL Certificate boosts your search ranking

Google wants to maintain its reputation by ensuring that the websites people access from its search results are safe and secure. To that end, they’ve started using HTTPS as a ranking signal. It will become increasingly more important as greater numbers of websites come on board. It won’t be long before having a secure HTTPS connection becomes an essential component for ranking.

The Cost of an SSL Certificate

The cost of an SSL certificate will depend on your website’s hosting provider, who they buy the certificate through, and the type of certificate they buy.
There are three types of SSL certificates:

  • Basic SSL with Lets Encrypt – This type of SSL certificate is only valid on one domain URL. These SSL certificates are free and supported by Google and Mozilla and is now trusted by all major root programs, including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mozilla..
  • Simple SSL Certificates – Necessary for an ecommerce web site. Ours come from GeoTrust, include domain validation, which means that the certificate authority has checked the domain owner.
  • Extended SSL certificates – Is the highest class of SSL available. It includes more stringent checks on the company by the certificate authorities. Extended SSL certificates Edinburgh lends more credibility to a website compared to a Free or Simple SSL. It includes a warranty and an Extended Validation certificate.

When selecting your SSL Certificate, it’s best to consult with iHomepage first to choose the correct one for your business.

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