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Right now, SSL certificates come with the incentive of guaranteed improved search rankings. But Google is showing they’re not afraid to use Google Chrome to “punish” sites who don’t move to SSL.  Below I go over what an SSL Certificate is, why you need one, and how to get them.

Michael Holding

What is an SSL Certificate


Have you ever noticed how sometimes websites start with “http://” and other times they start with “https://” and have a green padlock nearby?  That’s the end result of an SSL certificate.

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

Why your site needs an SSL Certifcate


As mentioned above, SSL Certificates allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. This makes for secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

So, “SSL” is short for Secure Sockets Layer. In simpler terms, it is a means for small business to communicate to their customers that they can browse, shop/pay, and share information, safely with you online. Stated simply, in a non-technical manner, adding an SSL creates a safe connection aka online environment.

How you can get an SSL Certificate


There are three ways to get an SSL certificate for your website:

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