You may have read lately about using an SSL Certificate on your website and how important it is. Here’s a brief explanation.
- WITHOUT an SSL, any computer in between you and the website you are about to enter your information onto, can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords.
- WITH an SSL certificate installed, that information is encrypted.
So, if you are a website owner and collecting customer information is part of what you do, unless you have an SSL Certificate installed, the information your customer is providing to you, is not secure.
Even if your site doesn't handle sensitive information like credit cards, an SSL provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users' personal information.
Therefore if you are finding when you reach a website that the ‘Padlock’ indicates the site is not secure, the site itself is still fine to browse but if sending sensitive information through any contact form etc, you need to be aware of the above information.
Miniwebs can assist our hosted clients with installing an SSL on your website if required. There is an annual fee to retain that certificate but by all means feel free to contact us to discuss this further.