SSL or Secure Socket Layer has become a vital part of website security and ensuring safe browsing for everyone. Especially for business, having a secure website not only build trust to visitors, it also helps to get a better ranking at search result.
What is SSL?
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) – A special file or a certificate on your web server that enables encrypted security for online communications. It creates an encrypted connection between your web server and your visitors’ web browser. It is also usually indicated by a padlock icon on web browsers address bar.
Read more to Understand how SSL works
Why do we need SSL Certificates?
We know that SSL secure your website by encrypting information from one end to another, but why do we need it?
Encrypted data makes it possible to have your passwords, credit card PIN numbers or any other sensitive information not able to disclosed by irresponsible parties if the data are not encrypted.
Another reason to get SSL is to boost your ranking on Google or other search engines. For years, Google has encourage all websites owner to equip their websites with SSL Certificates, as SSL allows websites to be accessed over HTTPS, websites that equipped with SSL are more preferred by Google, hence your ranking in their search result will definitely higher compared to those that did not have it.
Here are some of the other reason why you need SSL for your website.
Understanding the fundamental of SSL, now we look at which SSL is suitable for your business. Each type of SSL is suitable for different types of website.
As of 15 August 2020, we will no longer supporting or providing SSL with 2 years and above. Many web browsers no longer supporting 2 years SSL validity as well.
Two-year certificates registered up until 31 August 2020, will still be trusted, but those registered on or after 1 September 2020, will no longer supported.
Longer validity periods may take longer duration to roll out updates or changes. By reducing the validity period will improve security from shorter window of exposure if a certificate is compromised, and ensuring certificate holders are regularly updating their information. Not only that, when a key is renewed more often there are less chances of it being broken by third party.