You want to provide your customers a safe, secure environment on your site. Then you need some web security!

Website SSL (secure socket layer), or as many people know it HTTPS, is mainly used for identification and encrypting HTTP traffic. When visiting a website, the traffic exchanged between your browser and the web server is sent in clear text. Therefore if a malicious third party intercepts the traffic exchanged between the two parties, he or she can read what is being exchanged, such as authentication details.

As an example, when logging in to the WordPress dashboard (wp-admin section) without using SSL, if a malicious user captures the HTTP traffic being sent from your computer to your WordPress, the malicious hacker can easily steal your username and password and login to your WordPress. The same applies for all type of information being sent to a website which does not have SSL and is running on HTTP rather than HTTPS, such as credit card details. Therefore HTTP traffic should be encrypted with SSL whenever sensitive information is being sent over the internet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQsKdtjwtYI&t=4s” el_width=”80″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]To be able to run a website on SSL and encrypt traffic, an SSL certificate needs to be installed on the web server. SSL web server certificates can be purchased from trusted certificate authorities.

An SSL certificate includes the below information about the website and is used by the browser to verify the validity of the certificate:

– URL of website that is running on SSL
– Name of the company which owns the website
– Information about the issuer of the certificate
– Validity dates