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How much do they cost?
Web Directions can provide your website with an SSL certificate. Payments for this will be included in your monthly direct debit, along with your hosting and email services.
Do I need one?
This is important because the information you send on the internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see you or your clients credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate.
It is not just payment details collected by E-commerce websites that should be protected, but it is also important to protect data submitted through a contact form.
Google favours HTTPS-encrypted websites over non-encypted HTTP websites, and will therefore push them higher up in the search results. An SSL certificate shows Google that the website’s ownership has been ‘Authenticated’, it has ‘Data Integrity’, and is ‘Encrypted’.
How does it work?
SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organisation’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. After the secure connection is made, the session key is used to encrypt all transmitted data. The browser connects to a web server (website) secured with SSL (https). The browser requests that the server identify itself. The server then sends a copy of its SSL Certificate, including the server’s public key.
Do I already have one?
The simple way to check if your website has an SSL certificate, is to look at the browser address bar. If the website URL starts with https:// then it has an SSL certificate. If it is just http:// then it doesn’t.
Why SSL Certificates are a good idea
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