The 60 second overview:

  • An SSL certificate shows that your website is encrypting any data sent via the website.  You can tell if it has an SSL certificate by the green padlock in the address bar:
  • Critical for any websites which deal with sensitive data but becoming standard on all websites now.
  • Google (in 2014) announced that it would give a small search engine ranking boost to SSL websites.
  • It has also started flagging non-secure websites in its Chrome browser if they take any sort of personal information:
  • The natural end to this is that non-secure websites will be highlighted in the search results and eventually penalised in the search results.
  • SSL certificates are fairly easy to add – you purchase one (much like a domain name) and either speak to your hosting company/web developer to install or use something like Cloudflare which offers free SSL certificates (but needs a little techie knowledge)


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