» How Important Is An SSL Certificate?

January 1, 2019 by dacraven95

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Most website clients that we have worked with have never even heard of the term SSL Certificate (SSL = Secure Socket Layer).  This poses a huge security problem for users on the web.  To begin working on a solution, we have done the research about SSL Certificates and put it in this article so it is simple and easy to understand.  Enjoy!


What is an SSL Certificate?

Before discussing why an SSL Certificate is important, we must first understand what an SSL Certificate is and what does it do for a website.  According to an article we found on GlobalSign.com,

"SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details.  When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.  Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites."

To put this quote in an analogy, SSL Certificates take the data being transferred from the user's computer and sends it to the web server in a pipe or tunnel that keeps other people from reaching in and taking the data.

For more information about what an SSL Certificate is, go read the full article on GlobalSign.com.


Why is it important for my website to have an SSL Certificate?

If your website is a website that needs users to enter sensitive data, fill out a form, login, etc... then you definitely need an SSL Certificate activated on your website ASAP if you have not already done so.  You are leaving your user's data wide open for hackers to steal and you do not want to be found responsible for someone else's data being stolen.

At the beginning of 2018, web browsers and search engines updated to start shoving into the user's face whether the site they are about to view (or are already viewing) is secure or not.  You are probably familiar with the little green lock that shows up on the browser.  This lock is the message that tells the user they are safe on your website.  In the past, websites have not needed to have an SSL Certificate unless they were going to be needing sensitive information to be submitted from the user (ex. credit card info), but things have changed now.  In order for your website to compete in being found in search engine results as well as help you retain your users that come to your website, you need to have an SSL Certificate installed on your website.  Period.


Where can I get an SSL Certificate?

Most commonly, you purchase your SSL Certificate when you set up your website with whichever company provides you with your hosting; however, most users either were not properly educated on why they needed to purchase their SSL Certificate or they thought it was just another "thing" they have to pay for in order to get their site running.

If you currently have an active website that needs an SSL Certificate, just Google "Purchase an SSL Certificate" and you will find a ton of places that offer them.  If you are interested in helping support WMS, we do offer SSL Certificates through our re-seller store starting at $39.99/Year.



Website security is more important than it ever has been.  Between the browser updates, stolen data cases, GDPR, etc... Your main concern when building a successful website should be the security of the users going to it.  If you cannot provide a safe environment for your users to spend their time, then you are losing tons of potential users and customers.


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