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Now that your site is built, you will want to secure it with an SSL certificate. Learn more about SSL and why you need it.
WHAT IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
An SSL certificate is a security certificate that once installed on a web server activates a secure connection between the browser the surfer is viewing the content on and the web server that the content is derived from initially. The SSL Certificate ensures that data between your web server and browser remains private and secure. When an SSL certificate is installed on a web server, it operates as a padlock and acts as a secure connection between the web server and browser. An SSL certificate binds together your domain name (or server or hostname), company name and location. While how an SSL certificate works goes into more details–involving a public key and a private key–what you need to know here is this: Even if a hacker manages to intercept your data, he won’t have the private key to decrypt it.
The website’s URL protocol will change from HTTP to HTTPS. Currently, a security padlock will also be present in the URL as a way to further signal the status of the website’s Google SSL certificate. SSL certificates help the web cut down on instances of cybercrime that are often performed through security loopholes in web browsers.
If the connection between the surfer’s web browser and web server are not secure through an SSL connection, a moderately skilled hacker could seize information, such as credit card numbers, as it is being typed into a form on an unsecured website.
Why are Google SSL Requirements Important?
- Establishes Trust and Builds Brand Power
- Provides Encryption of Sensitive Information
- Provides Authentication
- Helps ensure that your site will be found in search engines
Google uses SSL Certificates to catalog websites in search engines, so without the SSL certificate your site may be difficult to find in the search engine. Once installed, the certificate results in an HTTPS secure URL string, which shows a padlock in the browser to show users that their sensitive information can be trusted on your site.
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