There is a lot of noise about the importance of having an SSL certificate on our website, about the benefits that this brings us. But really, do we know all these benefits? Are we aware of the importance of having it? Most of us are not, we are not really aware or understand 100% why it is necessary to have an SSL on our website.
We are going to shed some light on all these doubts and explain in detail why an SSL certificate is necessary on our website.
The first thing we have to ask ourselves is, do we know
what an SSL certificate is?
Talking about SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is talking about a communications protocol in which data is sent encrypted to ensure their security.
A certificate also has the function of indicating to the users of your web page that the site is real, guarantees its identity and the confidentiality of the data that is managed through it, activating communications between the user’s browser and web servers in an encrypted and secure way.
Once we know what an SSL certificate is and what it is used for, we are going to reveal the reasons why you really need to have a certificate on your website.
There are many reasons and of various kinds.
Here we are going to focus on 2 large blocks.
Block 1: For security and confidence
Legitimize your website
A certificate is associated with a website, a company or physical person and their activity. This certificate is unalterable and guarantees that the websites correspond to who they claim to be. Especially if we use EV (Extended Validation) certificates.
It is not you who says who you are, it is done by an independent certifying entity that ensures the security and veracity of your data.
authenticate the server
The certificate is installed on a web server and ensures that you are handling all data in a secure and encrypted manner. If it does not have the certificate installed, it will not be able to send or receive data to your website, so it will not be able to impersonate your identity.
Avoid malware and phishing
An SSL certificate also scans and guarantees that there is no malware on your website, and prevents phishing and pages that trick you into getting your data.
Users or people who browse your page will trust more in a website that has a certificate installed and that is secure. Also, if the certificate identifies you correctly, they will have peace of mind that all the data they provide will be safe and cannot be stolen during the browsing process.
Remember that when you access a website that has a certificate, browsers will inform you that it is secure, and if it does not have a certificate, they will warn the user that it is a potentially dangerous or insecure website.
encrypt the information
All the information that your website sends or receives travels encrypted, and only the user’s browser and the web server where your page is located know the keys to decrypt it, thus guaranteeing the total security of your data.
Remember that you should only use certificates that come from trusted sources, using 2048-bit keys. Do not use self-signed certificates or certificates from sources that are not secure. Also, do not use certificates in which the issuing entity does not offer you liability insurance on the certificate.
Increase the time of your web visits
One of the main reasons why users will spend more time browsing your website is because it is secure. This security relaxes them and they spend more time exploring your services or your products.
There are studies that show that almost 70% of users who buy in an ecommerce end up canceling the purchase because they do not trust the website. That with a certificate is minimized. It has been calculated that close to 60% of them would have finished the purchase process if the website had had an SSL certificate.
Another golden rule on the internet: “the longer a user browses your website, the more possibility of conversion”
An e-commerce with a secure certificate generates much more trust for its users and, consequently, the number of sales will increase. The golden rule is: “the more trust, the more sales”.
Block 2: Positioning and speed
Activate Http2 on your server
If your website has an SSL certificate, you can use the new Http2 communication protocol on your hosting server (note, not all hosting providers offer this possibility).
Using Http2 allows the web server to simultaneously send all parts of the web to the user’s browser, greatly improving performance and load time. Our tests have shown that a standard website, like the one any of us can have, multiplies its speed by 5 for the mere fact of using Http2, that is, the loading time of your website will be 5 times faster without you having to to do nothing
In 2017 Google started the “HTTPS on all websites” initiative, which was used to make everyone aware of the importance of using SSL certificates on our website.
Having SSL certificates improves the positioning of your website, since it is considered safe and trustworthy. Google gives more and more importance to secure websites and, over time, it will become an essential point for you to be in a good ranking.
Browsers will mark you as a safe site
Not only that, but also, since version 56 of Chrome, it will indicate that the web is dangerous if it does not have a certificate. Also, for more than a year, Firefox has added to the verification and alerts of the security of a website.
Of course, if your website is not positioned correctly or your users receive a dangerous website alert when browsing it, you have problems, and if you are an e-commerce, you can already think about closing it, because nobody will want to buy in your store.