SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. An SSL certificate ensures that the data being transferred between your website’s server and your viewer’s internet browser is secure. What does this mean? It means that, for instance, if a customer is making a purchase on your website, and is inputting sensitive data, like a credit card number, a phone number, or even their birth date, the information being transferred is secure. This even applies to logging in. Let’s say you are logging into an account on a website. If the website has an SSL certificate, then your username and password is secure as it’s being ferried from your browser to the site’s server.
If you are unsure of whether you have an SSL in place, you can easily check the answer by going to your website. If you have an SSL certificate, your website address will be at HTTPS rather than HTTP.
Yes! The reason is two-fold:
An SSL certificate only prevents what are called man-in-the-middle attacks. They prevent hackers from essentially stealing data or info in transit between your website server and user browsers. But there are many other ways hackers gain access to websites that an SSL certificate won’t guard against. Using poor passwords, forgetting to run website platform and plugin updates, and other vulnerabilities can leave you wide open to attack even if you DO have an SSL certificate in place.
Wondering if your website is secure? Katy Dwyer Design has yearly maintenance packages specifically for website security and continuity that you may be interested in, and we can also help you get an SSL certificate in place ASAP! Contact us today!