Websites use SSL certificates to encrypt data sent between the web server and the visitor’s web browser, using the HTTPS protocol. When a site is secured in this way, visitors will see the padlock icon in the address bar of their browser, and be offered assurance that the connection is secure. Conversely, sites using only the HTTP protocol – unencrypted communication – will be indicated as “not secure”, a clear discouragement to continue visiting the site.
It is of fundamental importance to keep personal data private and this is essential for websites today. From simply guarding log-in credentials to protecting detailed personal data or payment card details, SSL certificates help keep online interactions confidential and reassure visitors users that the website is genuine and safe to share personal information with.
Google have offered further incentives to website owners to ensure site security by recommending HTTPS for all websites as a minor but essential ranking factor. Customers are also increasingly aware of the need for secure communications when transmitting personal data.
We therefore supply a range of SSL certificates to suit all budgets, including free Let’s Encrypt certificates with our hosting plans, and a full installation service.