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Do You Need an SSL Certificate?

See our Portfolio The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server.

Reading the newspaper online typically does not transmit sensitive information. But when it comes to the transmission of credit card or other financial data, Social Security numbers or other sensitive numbers, you better make sure that you are on the right website with a secure connection.

For a while, most browsers display the lock, even company information next to the domain name. You know that you are safe. We haven’t seen any secure phishing site yet.

What about your own website?

Browsers are now marking all websites that do not have any SSL certificate as insecure, even if they do not deal with credit card information. This is due to Google’s initiative to make the Internet a safer place.

The last thing you want to have on your website is a security warning:

ssl warning

Due to Google’s initiative, these things have changed in the SSL world:

  • There are often free certificates available that install themselves
  • Companies like Let’s Encrypt offer free certificates
  • The variety of certificates available has increased, some start around $15 plus installation costs
  • Most hosting companies have changed their policies of requiring a unique [dedicated] IP address

Since mid-2018, we include free SSL certificates in our hosting plans. However, picky customers and browser plugins may prefer a certificate is domain verified and manually installed.

The $50 annual charge will be well invested, especially for online store owners.