What are they & does your website need one?
SSL Certification provides online security for the data you transfer on your website, the certificate itself also provides end users with some verification on the business they are transacting with.
When an end user submits any data on your website; this could be an enquiry form, a login or an order form, the data is sent from their browser to the server. If this journey is not protected then anyone with the know-how could listen in and harvest the information.
The SSL certificate encrypts (scrambles) this data so that it can not be read. The certificate itself provides the key to unscramble the data.
In order to protect your end user’s personal information an SSL Certificate is required to be GDPR compliant.
The SSL Certificate also promotes Trust and can provide a degree of validation to the websites identify.
What if you do not have any enquiry forms, login etc?
If there is no means of an end user entering any of their details on your website then arguably you do not need an SSL Certificate. However… the search engines & browsers do not differentiate and will flag up all sites without encryption as ‘Not Secure’. This Not Secure message is unfortunately harmful to your brand as most end users will simply see this as a risk without any rational behind it.
SSL Certificates should be issued by a trusted certificate authority, we buy our certificates from Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) who are the largest commercial Certificate Authority. The process requires authentication via domain name and certificate insultation on to our web server. This process is repeated yearly at renewal time.
The cost per year is £120 for a single domain certificate, installed.