HTTP is the foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web. (www.)
In its popular deployment on the internet, HTTPS provides authentication of your website.
See the secure symbol below or just look in the address bar at the top of this page.
An SSL works to protect valuable information passed between the two parties.
First things first — what is SSL, exactly? “SSL” is short for Secure Sockets Layer. In simpler terms, it’s how small business communicate with customers that they can browse, buy products or services, and share information safely with you online. Without getting overly technical, adding an SSL creates a safe connection for those kinds of activities.
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping order forms.
When you request a HTTPS connection to a webpage, the website will initially send its SSL certificate to your browser. This certificate contains the public key needed to begin the secure session. Based on this initial exchange, your browser and the website then initiate the 'SSL handshake'. The SSL handshake involves the generation of shared secrets to establish a uniquely secure connection between yourself and the website.
When a trusted SSL Digital Certificate is used during a HTTPS connection, users will see a padlock icon in the browser address bar.
The major benefits of a certificate are:
• Visitors can verify you are a registered business and that you own the domain
• Customers are more likely to trust and complete purchases from sites that use HTTPS
• Customer information, like credit card numbers, is encrypted and cannot be intercepted
Not everyone collects money online. If you are collecting even the most basic information such as name, address, phone number and email address, chances are your clients would not want that information leaked.
Without an SSL certificate, some types of form mail can be intercepted. Some code is more reliable than others. Do you want to take chances that yours is susceptible to hacking? Probably not.
A major reason you might want to add an SSL certificate to your website is if any of your pages are password protected. This includes WordPress or Joomla! or other database-driven sites with a login page for the administrator..
Remember, anything that needs to be secure online needs to operate under the safety net of an SSL certificate.
The web is filled with bots lurking around seeking poorly protected password pages to provide them access to your website. You don’t want to log on only to find your pages have been defaced or deleted.