What is an SSL Certificate and why do I need one

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer
SSL is encryption between the user and the website, so any data the user enters for example address details via a contact form or entering credit card details, cannot be intercepted and used by anyone if there is an SSL in place.

You can tell if a website has one by having a look at the website address. For example if you go to Polyspiral.com you'll see a lock top left and the address will be https:// rather than http://.




Google are beginning to favour websites with SSL encryption and there will soon be warnings like this one:


So if you don’t have an SSL it’s worth getting your website developer to install one. We provide free SSL Certificates with every website as standard, see our website hosting for details.

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