SSL Encryption: Why it’s important to your website
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 16 September 2016 10:59 AM

SSL Certificates

SSL Encryption: Why it’s important to your website 

When it comes to keeping your website well-protected, an SSL certificate is a great place to begin. SSL (which stands for secure sockets layer) works by protecting sensitive information as it travels across the internet and offers a range of benefits to both you and your business.

What is SSL?

SSL is a form of security that can handle sensitive information – such as customer names, telephone numbers and credit card details. SSL certificates create a secure connection between your customer’s browser and your server, ensuring that details remain secure and protected throughout the transfer process.

SSLs encrypt information

One of the main purposes of an SSL certificate is to encrypt information which can only be read and understood by the intended parties – usually e-commerce or data storage software. Information submitted on the internet passes through more than one computer before it reaches its destination, so the more computers it passes through, the higher the chance of a third party getting access to the personal data.

By encrypting this information, SSL certificates render such information unreadable and undecipherable to third parties.

SSLs are authenticators

Some types of SSL certificates also come with a ‘server certificate’, acting as a mediator between browsers and the SSL servers. Customers can freely view information about the owner of the SSL certificate through their web browsers, most commonly through the green padlock and “https” text which is shown in the user’s web browser. This increases trust and allows for a deeper level of authentication, which is particularly useful when sending sensitive information through contact or order forms.

SSLs allow you to take card payments

To meet Payment Card Industry standards, all online businesses need to have an SSL certificate installed on their server. Without an128-bit certificate, your website won’t be able to take credit card payments, so it makes sense to install one.

SSL can form part of your SEO solution

Having an SSL-encrypted website can also improve your website’s your search engine optimisation, with Google offering secure websites a slight ranking boost as part of its aim to encourage a safer browsing experience across the web.

SSL Certificates come free with shared web hosting packages

At PAC Web Hosting, all of our shared web hosting packages now come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, which is automatically applied when you sign up for a new account. When you add additional domain names or subdomains to your web hosting account, each will get its own free SSL certificate, meaning that you can take advantage of the power of SSL across all of your domain names and improve the security of your website.

If you are interested in finding out more about SSL certificates, or you’d like to take advantage of our web hosting packages which offer free encryption as standard, don’t hesitate to get in touch with PAC Web Hosting today.

With years of experience in the web hosting industry, we are best-placed to offer impartial advice and deliver a service that will help to improve the safety of your website.

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