Search Engines such as Google now consider SSL certified organisations in their search rankings which will improve SEO and could put you ahead of your competitor.
Customers will trust your certified, secure company and website, which will increase loyalty from customers.
If you want to take payments on your website from customers using PayPal, Stripe or another payment processor, you need an SSL Certificate for your website.
Personal data is kept secure between servers and browsers.
As with most things, SSL certificates come in a few different forms. Each provides a different level of certification, but most businesses will be best suited to Organisation Validated.
The Certificate only verifies the domain name, not your company. The Certificate Authority will provide a file to be placed within the website. This can be issued almost immediately.
Note: This type should never be used for commercial purposes.
Both your business and domain will be will be verified by the Certificate Authority, providing the Secure padlock and HTTPS protocol. This is the most common certificate as it provides the best security and trust at a reasonable price. This certificate is issued within 2 days.
Extra documentation about the business are needed for this certificate, and guidelines are set by the Certificate Authority for the server. The company name is listed in the certificate, and the organization will show in the address bar. The functions are similar to the Organization Validated Certificate, and takes around 10 business days to issue.
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SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificates are small data files which creates a secure connection between a client's browser and the server. In this case, the server would be your website and is verified by the issuing Certificate Authority.
When the SSL is installed on a web server, it activates a padlock and the HTTPS protocol, which allows a secure connection between the browser and server.