So you’ve registered your domain name, input your company’s products/services, and figured out your site design. Now what? It’s time to put a Secure Sockets Layer – also known as an SSL certificate – in place.
Wondering if your business actually needs this? We’ve got an answer for you: Yup. You sure do. Allow us, if you will, just a minute to explain: SSL certificates are critical when it comes to keeping your consumers and your business — no matter how big or small it is — safe.
The fact is that hackers just don’t care which site they attack; their software will target businesses based off of programming flaws. This is where an SSL certificate can step in and keep all information your company stores safe.
Here’s how an SSL certificate can help your business:
If you plan on accepting payments online, most merchant accounts will require you to have an SSL certificate to make sure important things (like your customers’ credit card information, for starters) is stored safely.
While some websites collect money, some collect information. This information can include employment info, home addresses, phone numbers, etc. By creating a safe space for data to be stored, customers will feel more at ease providing their personal data.
If your site pages are password protected or you require users to create a password, an SSL certificate is the best way to keep them safe. You can secure each and every password to guarantee consumer information stays private.