Is An SSL Certificate Really Important?
By Farhan M | June 23, 2018 | In Informational
In a nutshell an SSL certificate can be described as a digital file or piece of code that has two main purposes: data encryption, and authentication/verification – it essentially allows a secure connection between a browser and web server.
The simplest way to identify whether a website has an SSL certificate is by looking at the web address (URL) bar and confirming the following two things: a padlock before the URL which is usually green, and the URL starts with ‘HTTPS’ not ‘HTTP’ where the ‘S’ stands for secure.
To summarise, an SSL certificate is very important, not only because it is being enforced by monopolistic internet corporations but is also imperative in this day and age where our personal data is being accessed via the use of browser cookies and potentially other malicious means.
Almost every web host provider either sells individual or group (Wildcard) SSL certificates where the price can range from five pounds to hundreds! But fortunately you can look into content delivery networks (CDN’s) such as CloudFlare that will provide certificates for free. Additionally, some web host providers are affiliated with Let’sEncrypt – they are an organisation that believes everyone should have access to an encrypted site, and thus provide SSL certificates for free also.
SiteGround is a fantastic web host provider that provides fast, secure, and affordable web hosting services with an outstanding customer service team. Not to mention, they support Let’sEncrypt! Here is a direct link to their discounted web hosting packages.