Is your website SSL protected?

An SSL’s primary purpose is to keep sensitive information that is sent across the internet encrypted, which means only the intended recipient can understand it.

Information you send across the internet goes through several computers before reaching its destination server, meaning these computers your information passes through can view usernames, passwords and other sensitive data if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. It’s therefore extremely important to use an SSL certificate to ensure the information being sent becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending to. This protection stops hackers and identity thieves from gaining access to your sensitive data.

A legitimate SSL certificate also provides authentication, which means you can have peace of mind that you are sending your information through to the correct server. Your customers/users will often send information through several computers, which is why it’s important to have an SSL certificate. Without it, any of these computers could pretend to be your website, deceive users and access their personal information.

Not only this, but users also trust the padlock symbol they see in their browser, and will be more likely to purchase from your website if they see it in place.

SSL certificates also play an important part of PCI compliance, as an SSL protects customer data as it is transmitted to and from the server. You cannot accept credit cards on your site without setting up your web server to use an SSL as you will not meet the required PCI standards.

It’s imperative that you obtain a certificate from a trusted source as they validate your company through undertaking several identity checks.

We know how important your website is to you and your business, which is also why we know how imperative it is to ensure your website is protected and authenticated through obtaining an SSL certificate. We ensure all of the website’s we build are SSL protected, but if you’re unsure as to whether you’re protected, give our friendly team a call on 0800 222 9300 and we’ll be able to assist you with obtaining an SSL certificate for your website.

Written by Hollie Hines

Content & Social Media Specialist

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