What is an SSL Certificate?

What is an SSL CertificateSecurity is a BIG deal to everyone doing business over the Internet.  Have you ever noticed that some web addresses start with http:// and others start with https://?  The added s means the site has SSL security.   SSL stands for (Secure Sockets Layer).  It’s technology that keeps sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, usernames and passwords safe and out of the hands of cyber criminals.

How? By encrypting or scrambling data as it passes between websites and web servers.  Once it reaches the recipient it is unencrypted.  An SSL certificate tells visitors you are the legitimate owner of your website.  Showing your customer’s you are serious about security is a terrific way to build trust.  When your website has a SSL certificate installed, a padlock icon and https:// appears in your customers browser bar.  An SSL certificate can boost your rankings and search results.  Google and other search engine owners reward secure websites to encourage all website owners to get on board.

No business is too small or too new to protect its online customers and business reputation with an SSL certificate.

Written by: Holly L. Gibbons, Web-Designer and Blog Contributor

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