SSL is your front line of defense and protects your sensitive information as it zips across the Internet. We wrote about the importance of SSL on our blog last summer, find it here!

SSL (Security Sockets Layer) is the process of encrypting sensitive information, providing authentication, and trust to your website visitors. SSL makes data that travels between computers or servers impossible to read.

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is a more secure and updated version of SSL – but it’s still more commonly referred to as SSL. When you buy SSL, you’re essentially buying the most up-to-date version of TLS.

Google announced last summer that websites without SSL certificates would rank lower and be labeled as “Not Secure” in the URL. Businesses who have SSL will receive a boost in their ranking and visual cues such as a green URL or lock icon to show they are secure.

Buying an SSL certificate will benefit your business in 7 ways:

1. Protects against hackers
2. Provides authentication and trust
3. Chrome will display your website correctly
4. Improved search engine ranking
5. It’s inexpensive
6. Improved website speed
7. SSL has been upgraded to TLS

Not sure if you have an SSL certificate?

Even if you’ve lost touch with your website developer, we can help with SSL certificates. If you have any questions, or want more information on how SSL affects your business, email or call 1-800-232-3989.