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What is an SSL certificate and why do you need it?

What is an SSL certificate and why do you need it?

If you have a website small or large, you must have read about website security and data security. Thinking about website security brings up multiple questions.

  • What is an SSL certificate?
  • How do I know if my site is secure?
  • My website is small, why do I need an SSL certificate?
  • Do I need an SSL if we don’t collect any data from visitors?
  • What if my website is a personal blog?

How do I check if my website is secure or not?

A website is secure when the browser address bar has green padlock. Another way to check if a website is secure is to see if the website URL uses https rather than http. The “S” at the end of HTTPS stands for “Secure”. This means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

A green padlock plus the name of the company or organization, also in green, means website has an Extended Validation (EV) certificate which assures you that the website is under the control of the company it claims to be.

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