You might wonder, what is an SSL certificate? And does my website need one? One of the most common questions small – medium business owners get asked is “Does your website have an SSL certificate”. In this article, I hope to help you decide if you need an SSL certificate or not.
What’s an SSL certificate?
SSL is short for Secure Sockets Layer. it’s a top layer of your site where customers can browse, buy, and share information safely with your site. So basically adding an SSL creates a safe connection between you and your customer for data-driven types of activities.
Before you quickly dismiss this because you think your site is “too small to be a target”. A web crawler doesn’t care. It has one goal and that’s to find vulnerabilities in any site. Once they have discovered any vulnerabilities, They start trying to break in. So Let’s just be clear no site is too small to get hacked.
This brings us to “Why does your website need an SSL certificate?”
Below are some tips to help you.
1. Accepting Payments Securely
Do you plan to accept major credit cards online without using a third party like Paypal? Most major credit cards will require you to use an SSL certificate. Some web hosting companies have terms of service that require your sites to be secured with an SSL before you can accept credit cards. In less you are using a third party like Paypal, would you really want to put your customers at risk of credit card fraud while shopping on your site?
If you are using a third party like Paypal with a built-in secure payment system. The third party handles the credit cards or provides another method for secure payments online. it’s possible that your business might not need the added protection of an SSL for your checkout page.
2. Protect Login Gateways
Another reason why you might want to add an SSL certificate is if any of your pages are password protected. (This includes other database-driven sites like WordPress with a login page for the administrator.
Membership sites can also be a problem, multiple logins can create more opportunities for hackers to attack. The web is filled with web crawlers lurking around seeking badly protected pages to access to your site. You don’t want to find any pages have been defaced or worse deleted.
3. Secure Your Forms
Everyone uses forms in one way or another. Forms can create a connection for leads Or It could be questionnaires about your client’s employment history, anything really. If you are collecting even the most basic information such as name and email address, there’s a chance your client’s information could be leaked.
Some types of mail can be intercepted If you don’t have an SSL certificate. Some bits of code are more reliable than others. But you may want to secure your online forms with an SSL certificate.
If you run a membership site, Store (that doesn’t use PayPal) or you have a lot of CTAs on your site, then I recommend getting an SSL for your website.
If you have any other questions or there are any added benefits that I haven’t mentioned please feel free to leave us a comment