SSL Certificates for Website Security & Privacy
SSL certificates will help your website gain an advantage over your competition by certifying your website is more trusted & legitimate. SSL certificates ensure that sensitive data, like personal information, credit card details, etc. can be transmitted securely from web browsers to your servers. To assure this they also provide a warranty to your visitors which acts like an insurance for tamper-proof online payments to you.
SSL certificates are NOT for ensuring that your website is safe from hacking. To prevent website hacking you will need a website scan tool such as SiteLock.
SSL certificates are recommended for ANY website that requires customers to login or submit any details / data.
At the very minimum, you should use a SSL certificate on your server if you operate any of the following website types:
- Banking & Insurance web & mobile apps
- E-commerce / Bill payment web & mobile apps
- Payment gateway services
- Social Networking web & mobile apps
- Web-based E-mail web & mobile apps
- Online File storage web & mobile apps
- HTTP Web Service APIs
- Website requiring visitors to login, or submit any kind of registration / profile form
Using HTTP means compromising your users privacy, compromising with website security by opening your site up to network tampering (which can hurt website performance and interfere with how your site is displayed), and dealing with the security risks of man-in-the-middle attacks.
Google will soon mark websites serving over HTTP as Not Secure in the Chrome web browser. This will have an adverse impact on website trust in the minds of visitors who may avoid interacting with such websites.
Mozilla also plans to stop using HTTPS on their Firefox browser as soon as possible as per this blog post.
It is, therefore, important to get a SSL Certificate for your website security and build visitor trust in your site.