When do you need an SSL certificate?

SSL Certificate

SSL certificates are used to encrypt data sent from your browser to the web server you are connecting to.  To determine if you really need an SSL certificate, you will need to ask yourself a few questions...


When you consider whether to have an SSL certificate or not, most people think in terms of e-commerce.  Either a site will utilize a hosted payment gateway such as PayPal, or they will need to have an SSL certificate.  While not required for your business to move forward, an SSL certificate is a good thing to have for other types of data transmission as well and now that Google gives an SEO ranking boost to sites with them we recommend an SSL for every site.

If you collect any of the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Drivers License
  • Any kind of health information (Are you familiar with HIPPA requirements?)

When you are dealing with the above information, your site should be securely communicating with the browser to gather and store this information. 

More often than not, in order to provide a comfort level to your visitors, that SSL certificate will mean a great deal when filling out forms with personal information of any kind. 

The critical thing to remember is very simple.  Ask yourself the following question: 

Would I feel more comfortable providing this information if I saw that it was being securely transmitted? 

There are multiple kinds of SSL certificates you can purchase.  Their capabilities, and coverage vary, so read the SSL description carefully. 

Need an SSL Certificate?  Visit our Clients SSL  page to purchase one today!