SSL Certificate: What is it and why should my website have one?

For some years and especially, during the last months Google has been warning users and brands: it is necessary to have an SSL certificate so that a web page, of whatever type, is identified as secure.

Last July, when Google launched one of the latest Chrome updates, users of this browser began to see how were marked as unsafe all web pages without HTTPS.

However, despite this, the websites of official entities such as the Ministries, those belonging to political parties such as the PP and the PSOE, to public institutions such as the Valencia City Council Portal or to private entities such as the IMED Hospital in Valencia , they do not yet have the corresponding SSL certificate, which puts the security of users’ data at stake.

Why should my website have an SSL certificate?

The first thing we are going to do is answer the question about what HTTPS is and how it differs from HTTP: the secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP or hypertext transfer protocol.

Having an SSL certificate, in addition to security, implies the trust of users on the web and improves search engine positioning.

HTTPS is the protocol by which the exchange of information between a browser and the web page to which the user connects safely occurs, which guarantees communications are encrypted. For example, on websites such as banks or online shopping. In HTTP the communications are, simply, textual, reason why they are easily readable by possible hackers.

But, in addition to the fact that users will identify the website as secure, there are two other reasons for having an SSL certificate, which is what manages the transaction between user and website is encrypted in a web page:

  • It does not matter if the web page does not have forms or economic transactions. Any website having an SSL certificate will offer security and confidence to users, which will benefit the image of a brand or entity. Or is it that you enter anyway even if you see that the browser itself is telling you that the site you are trying to access is not secure?
  • In addition to the above, did you know that web pages having an SSL certificate are better positioned than those that do not? Well that’s a more important reason to register the HTTPS on your website.

If you still do not have an SSL certificate for your website, do not worry, you are always in time to acquire one. For this you can contact your hosting provider and request the SSL certificate for your website. There are some providers that will offer it to you for free. In addition, there is Let’s Encrypt, a web page that offers free SSL certificates.

Normally, the provider itself will tell you what you must do to install the SSL certificate and activate it on your website. But if you do not have time and you do not even know where to start, do not hesitate to contact us, at Multiconversion we will be happy to help you.

Are the data on websites with HTTPS truly safe?

The fact that a closed padlock or a green tick appears when we connect to a website does not mean that the website is completely safe. Like everything else, SSL certificates also have their Achilles heel. Nowadays, practically everyone can choose to have an SSL certificate, even false pages, because hackers have already learned to collect information.

Therefore, as users, in addition to looking at the web we are visiting is safe, we must also bear in mind that, if we see any irregularity, we must leave it immediately, because we may be victims of a scam.


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