With much focus on privacy and security today, if you a are website owner, the odds are that you have come across the acronyms HTTP and HTTPS before. To start with the basics, HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and HTTPS is the same thing, but with “Secure” on the end. I’m sure you can tell already which protocol is preferred by most!

The purpose of HTTPS is mainly to protect any data that might be being transferred between the user and the website being visited, and also authenticate the website. In order to authenticate the website being visited, an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is required. The term “SSL Certificate” is most likely one you have come across before if you have a website, especially since the introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in 2016.

To move on to the essential element of SSL Certificates, it’s the SSL which enables encrypted communication between the user of the website and the web server providing the website. As Verisign put it, “…SSL allows for a private “conversation” just between the two intended parties.”. The SSL Certificate can also be referred to as a Digital Certificate.

The main individuals or businesses who would need an SSL Certificate are ones whose website engages in the storage or processing of sensitive user details which include (but are not limited to) Passwords, Credit Card Numbers, Customer Addresses and Confidential Legal Documents.

However, even if your website does not deal with the storage or processing of the examples above, we would recommend that you use an SSL Certificate because some web browsers now automatically “block” websites which do not have a valid SSL Certificate, listing them as “potentially unsafe” or unsecure, leaving the user’s data potentially at risk. The user can still visit the website at their discretion, but these screens are certainly a deterrent for users accessing your website and therefore viewing your products or services. It has got to the point where not having an SSL Certificate could potentially lose you customers!

At Intuition Hosting, all of our web hosting packages include a free SSL Certificate which means that you will never have the above-mentioned problem and your website will be seen as trusted, by not only the search engines and web browsers, but also by your end-user or potential customer.

As we provide a managed service, we will of course set up the SSL Certificate for you and make sure that it is valid and up to date. We will also handle the renewal of these certificates, keeping your website secure for the future.

One final point to mention is that Google will actually lower your page ranking in search results if you do not have an SSL certificate on your website. So by using our hosting services with SSL certificates, you are will not have to worry about that SEO hit.

I hope this post has been informative and if you have any questions about SSL Certificates or anything else, please email hello@intutionhosting.co.uk, or head to our Contact Us page for more information on how to ask us any questions. We also offer a Live Chat facility.

Thank you for reading and stay safe,

Joe

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