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Security should be the number one priority for every website today, as the number of cyber-attacks is rapidly increasing over the years.

This is the era of digital transformation where every business has its website. And anything on the internet is vulnerable to cyber threats. On a website, customers submit their personal information, like contact info, bank details, credit card number, etc. Hence, it is important for every business to ensure that all these data remain secure.

If they lose this data, it can negatively impact the credibility and reputation of the business. Plus, customers and visitors wouldn’t like to visit a website that is not secure. In fact, they will also warn others about the same.

According to a Clark School study at the University of Maryland, hackers attack every 39 seconds.

That’s the reason every website should strengthen its security by installing an SSL Certificate.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL or the Secure Sockets Layer is a security protocol that is used to form an encrypted connection between two-intended parties (customer’s web browser and the website’s server).

To form this encrypted connection, websites need a tool. This tool is called the SSL Certificate.

After installing an SSL Certificate, the website URL will start with a padlock and HTTPS, instead of HTTP. ‘S’ in the HTTPS stands for Secure.

SSL Certificate

Importance of an SSL Certificate for websites

  1. Strengthen website security

Visitors submit information on a website via contact forms, check out forms, or subscription options. This information is supposed to be secured by the website.

When an SSL Certificate is in use, the man-in-the-middle or the attackers can’t access the traffic between users and the website. Hence, it decreases the risk of confidential data being leaked.

  1. Build trust

A few years ago, only e-commerce websites used to install SSL Certificates because they processed online transactions. However, things are completely different today.

The search engine giant Google is significantly investing its time and efforts to make the internet a secure place for everyone. It wants to make sure that every website uses SSL Certificate so that the risk of cyber-attacks can decrease, and users don’t lose their data.

As part of its initiative, Google last year released Chrome 68 and announced that it is necessary for every website to use SSL, or the URL will show a ‘not secure’ warning.

Hence, now all the websites without SSL have a scary and red ‘not secure’ alert before their web-address in the URL bar. This scary warning can affect the way people see your site and discourage them to submit any data or buy anything from your site.

The padlock icon and HTTPS helps websites to gain the trust of visitors and be a step ahead of the competition.

  1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) benefits

SSL Certificate has the power to slightly boost the search engine rankings of a website and give an additional advantage over the competitors.

As part of its initiative to make the internet a safer place, Google gives SEO benefits to websites that use SSL. The aim of Google is to encourage every website to push HTTPS in their URL and establish secure connections.

Does your website need an SSL Certificate?

Well, every website should have this security protocol, but it becomes all the more important if:

  1. You sell products or services online and accept credit card, net banking, or any other personal information during check out.
  2. You allow visitors to register on your website.
  3. You accept information, documents, or photos via forms.

What is a Wildcard SSL Certificate?

If you have multiple sub-domains apart from the main domain name, then you should go for a Wildcard SSL Certificate.

An SSL Certificate will secure the main domain and its webpages, but sometimes the businesses choose to have sub-domains, like login.yourdomain.com, blog.yourdomain.com, newsroom.yourdomain.com, and contact.yourdomain.com. To secure all these subdomains along with the main domain, it would be better to choose a Wildcard SSL Certificate rather than multiple SSLs. It can save on costs and time. 

Who are the best SSL Certificate providers in 2019?

In this article, we have curated the top 10 SSL Certificate providers in 2019, which every business should consider.

  1. Comodo
  2. GeoTrust
  3. GlobalSign
  4. DigiCert
  5. Symantec
  6. Thawte
  7. IdenTrust
  8. Entrust
  9. Network Solutions
  10. RapidSSL

 

Wrapping up:

SSL Certificate has become the talk of the town after Google made it mandatory for websites to secure the communication links between websites and customers. The ‘not secure’ warning has really scared businesses and encouraged them to embrace the best security practices.

If you aren’t having HTTPS in your website URL, it is the right time to install an SSL Certificate on your site.

 

Author bio:

Virendra Soni is a technical content writer by profession. He studied Electronics and Communication engineering at JIET, Jodhpur, where he discovered his love in reading and writing, rather than electronic devices, digital electronics, and microprocessors.

He has been writing about modern technologies, like cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and blockchain, for around a couple of years.

Other than technical content, he also pens downs what he observes, things he learned (and still learning), and more on his personal blog. (http://burningdesire.in/)