Is Your Site Secure? Why You Need an SSL Certificate

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Owning a website is so common now that almost everyone has his or her own website or is an administrator on a website of some kind. Web hosting companies offer a plethora of options to choose from, which makes web development easier than ever before. Choosing formats, designs, navigations, etc. can be fun and rewarding. But there are responsibilities that come with having a website.

Security is something that many site owners don’t think about until it’s too late. With the rise of computer hackers, even minimal information can become critical if compromised. Providing a safe site where client or customer information is protected is one of the most important parts of having a website. SSL certificates offer a way to encryption that will help every website owner. But do you really need an SSL? The answer is yes, with most websites an SSL certificate is a necessity.

What is an SSL?

It stands for “Secure Sockets Layer” which indicates an added level of security for information passed back and forth through the site. Once SSL is installed, information being passed through the website is encrypted and only the owner has access to it. Having an SSL allows a third party to ensure identity on your website. After your website has been verified, trust indicators will show your clients that they’re not on a fake website.

Why do I need one?

You may be asking, “Why do I need an SSL? Can’t I just have a basic website?” SSL certificates ensure the website’s identity and protects user information like names, user IDs, passwords, birthdates, addresses, email addresses, credit card numbers, and pretty much any information passed through a website. Many people are aware of website scams and are on high-alert when putting information into a site. Once your website has trust identifiers, you’ll earn a better search engine ranking and customer trust will increase. Visitors to your website will realize that your site is one they can trust with their personal information.

How do I get one?

Current Bergh Consulting clients may reach out to us to hear about options. If you are not a Bergh Consulting client, check with your hosting company for more information.

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