An SSL Certificate is available from all domain providers, and it is important that your website has one.
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What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL Certificate encrypts the connection to your website for any user – keeping information between your website and the user secure.
An SSL Certificate helps ensure that all data passed between you and the website you are visiting, stays private. SSL encryption prevents hackers from stealing your private information from the website you are visiting.
This encryption secures the information you give, or have given, to a website. For example; your name, address, phone number, email and billing details.
An unsecure website will start with http.
Google have changed how they show that a website is secure in the address bar – most recently (as of November 2019) they show a padlock icon before the domain name.
Does my website need an SSL Certificate?
The short answer is yes. Many people assume that only an eCommerce store, or banking website needs an SSL, but this is not the case. If your website collects any personal details, or even has a page for people to login – you need to ensure that the information stays private. That’s what an SSL Certificate does, it keeps information private between your website and the user.
In February 2018, Google made a significant update to their Chrome Browser to show that websites are not secure in the address bar. If a website is not secure, the address bar will display ‘not secure’ before that start of the domain name.
According to a HubSpot Research survey, 82% of respondents would leave a site if they saw this “Not Secure” warning.
In addition to this, if you are typing any personal details into a non-secure website, the address bar will show a red warning label.
How do I get an SSL Certificate for my website?
With most new websites today, you should get an SSL Certificate with your hosting package. If your website is not secure, contact your provider or check on your account for more details.
How much does an SSL Certificate cost?
One thing to bear in mind is the price for SSL Certificate. I would recommend having a look at different providers to see what they charge. Some providers, like Wix.com, offer a standard SSL Certificate for free with hosting packages.
Generally, a Standard SSL Certificate is around £50 annually. Most hosting packages include 1 for free. Other types of SSL Certificates can differ in prices, but any above Standard will cost more.
What types of SSL Certificate are there?
Depending on what your website provides, there are 4 main types of SSL Certificates. Across domain providers, they can have different names.
Standard SSL Certificate
This certificate is most common and is used for just one domain. This is used for personal and blog websites, including several business websites that only have a website for advertising and marketing.
Premium SSL Certificate
This certificate is similar to the standard, and it depends on what provider you are using as to what you get. Usually, you will get the same encryption for your website, but with a higher warranty.
Wildcard SSL Certificate
This certificate is for websites that operate several sub domains. This ensures that the main site domain is secure and all sub domains are secure also.
EV Premium SSL Certificate (sometime known as just EV)
This certificate is for advanced websites that require a high level of encryption. This is used with banks and many online retailers. The EV certificate is directly validated to the company. This used to show the name of the company in a green box with a padlock.
To see the type of SSL Certificate for a website, click the padlock (Google Chrome Browser).
LinkedIn is using a Standard / Premium SSL Certificate, as the certificate is valid not to any company specifically.
Halifax is using an EV Premium SSL Certificate as you can see the certificate is validated to their company.
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