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SSL Certificates- What are they, and why do we need them?

Aug 15, 2016 / by Thump / In Business / Tags: , , , , , , , / Leave a comment

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SSL certificates are an absolute necessity for any eCommerce website. Considering the growing onslaught of internet fraud, being safe on the internet is extremely important. Here at Thump Creative, we have developed and manage a number of E-Commerce websites, and we take security measures seriously, which is why we always recommend using an SSL Certificate.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the industry standard for encrypting data shared over a connection, primarily between a website and a visitor’s web browser. The importance of this certificate is its safeguarding properties. This certificate ensures all sensitive data shared over an internet connection is secure and safe. This sort of sensitive data includes credit card numbers and personal details- certainly something that you want to keep under lock and key! Fortunately, 99.9% of web browsers recognise SSL certificates, and will display this in the browser address bar. This normally is by a padlock symbol or a green ‘https’ before the web address. For example, if you visit Amazon, you will be able to view the green ‘https’. When you see this sign, you can always be reassured of the authenticity of the website and know the additional precautions they have taken in order to keep data safe.

Do I need an SSL Certificate?

Various types of businesses should have SSL Certificates. If you run an eCommerce store, a website handling sensitive user data, or one taking and storing credit or debit payments, having an SSL Certificate is incredibly important. This certificate will prevent any loss or leaking of sensitive data. Furthermore, the majority of online shoppers expect its presence, therefore by displaying the certificate on your site, visitors will feel safe doing business with you. By assuring visitors to your website that their personal data is secure, you can generate more sales and business.

With Cybercrime strife nowadays, the threat posed is pressing and dangerous. Data encryption through an SSL certificate is an absolute must. Protect your own website, and the precious data of your clients with this simple addition. Plus, keep your eyes open for these certificates in web browsers for your own website visiting to avoid any cybercrime horror stories to happen to you!

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