15 Jan, 2017
You will be hearing a lot more about SSL Certificates this year for two main reasons.
An SSL certificate is an encryption key that enables your browser and the hosting server to send all data within an encrypted file. There are many types of certificates with varying degrees of encryption strength.
Any website that transfers sensitive data such as passwords and financial data should have an SSL certificate to hide sensitive data from hackers who could be snooping your network or the connection. These websites include e-commerce or client access portals. You should also consider having an SSL certificate for you CMS access such as WordPress, Drupal or MODx.
You can identify websites with SSL certificates by the green padlock in the top left of your URL bar which can very depending on your browser. The colours of the padlock generally mean...
Websites with SSL certificates will have a website address starting with https:// rather than http://. The ‘S’ means this is a secure connection. Don’t worry. If the server is setup correctly, you should automatically be redirected to the secure connection when you enter the website address.
An SSL certificate does NOT verify that a website is official! We have seen many occasions where people have suggested that the green padlock means that the website is official and not owned by hackers. This is not the case! It's very easy for someone technically minded to setup a secure connection. An SSL certificate only encrypts data from the client to the server and does not mean the site owners can therefore be trusted with that data.
If you have more questions about SSL certificates, please contact our team at email@example.com