Probably, you often hear that an SSL certificate is required for the site. But, probably, many people still wonder: "Why is it required, if websites work well even without an SSL certificate." Let's see what the SSL certificate is and why it is needed.
In a nutshell, an SSL certificate is a kind of electronic document that your site provides to web browsers. This document is being provided to the browser while the user visits the site and it signals that all data that will be transferred between your user and your server must be encrypted.
An SSL certificate may contain various information about the site, if you wish - the name of the company, contact details of the site owner, etc. However, absolutely every SSL certificate contains encryption keys with which the data transmitted between your users and your server must be encrypted.
Why all this? SSL certificate is needed for two reasons. Firstly, if your site does not use an SSL certificate, then most modern browsers will signal to users that the connection to your site is not secure, so it is dangerous for it to send any data. This greatly undermines the trust of users and can lead to a decrease traffic to your site.
The second reason why you need an SSL certificate is quite important. Browsers do not lie - indeed, without an SSL certificate, the data that your user sends to your site is easy to intercept. This problem is especially acute in the era of free Internet with many public Wi-fi networks. Attackers can easily intercept data that is transmitted between your users and your server — logins and passwords, bank card data, contact information entered by a person, etc. Moreover, attackers can also replace this data and show false information to users in behalf of your site. It is very unpleasant, isn't it?
In addition, the lack of an SSL certificate negatively affects the ranking in the search results of various search engines - sites without a certificate have a lower priority and are getting much lower places.
Now, when it became clear that the SSL certificate is very important, a legitimate question appears: "How do I know if the SSL certificate is installed on my website?". The answer is very simple: if your site has an SSL certificate, then in the browser in front of the name of your site it will be written "https://", and if it does not have it, then just "http://".
The simplest SSL certificates containing only encryption keys are available to everyone, since they are completely free. And we will be happy to assist you in installing an SSL certificate on your website!