Simply put, it’s how website owners communicate with customers that they can browse, buy products or services, and share information safely online. How do you know if a site has one? Next time you’re browsing the ‘net, take a look in your browser’s address bar and you’ll probably see a padlock: if there’s an SSL it’ll be locked – here’s what Awenek’s looks like on Firefox:
An SSL provides both you and your visitors protection for many digital nasties. But before you dismiss your site as “too small to be targetted”, please bear in mind that there is no human decision-making process implemented in deciding who is attacked!
The best analogy I’ve seen comes from GoDaddy (of all places!):
Think of an SSL certificate as a giant windscreen for when you drive on the information super-highway. You wouldn’t head out on your local freeway – especially at night in a rural area – without something between you and all the bugs.
If you’re a hosting customer of ours, then “absolutely nothing”! Actually that’s not entirely true: you have to tell us you’d like one and deal with the invoice.
Once you’ve done that, we’ll order and install your SSL certificate. It can take up to 48 hours to take effect but more often than not, it’s pretty immediate.
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