SSL stands for secure socket layer. They are used to encrypt data such as passwords and credit card details on sites such as Google and Amazon. Amazon uses a SSL to encrypt customers payment details and transmit them securely. This is important so that they can receive payment without the details being intercepted by hackers. SSL Certificates help identify valid companies and organisations as well as providing security.
SSLs can help show you care about your customers security and also deter hackers from thinking about hacking your site. Unfortunately, SSLs come with disadvantages, main one being that they cost a lot of money especially if you are a start-up.
You should have an SSL though if you do any of the following:
- Selling products online.
- Run a community or social media site.
- Collect personal or sensitive information.
However, if you have an SSL this does not mean you can lay back on security. It is always good to have up to date software and run malware checks every now and again to make sure your customers are having a secure experience.