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18 October 2018
A cryptographer will give you a really complicated answer to this question, with jargon like ciphers, keychains, private keys, public keys, and if you're lucky some mathematical equations to back it all up. It is mind boggling how it all works, but in layman's terms an SSL Certificate creates a secure link between your website and a visitor's browser. By ensuring that all data passed between the two remains private and secure, SSL encryption prevents hackers from stealing private information such as credit card numbers, names and addresses.
The main browsers these days are marking any sites without SSL as 'insecure' - this can cause concern for some website visitors and prevent them submitting private information on an insecure site. This could be causing lost enquiries and leads, or even lost sales on an ecommerce website. Even though most of the ecommerce websites we've developed use PaymentExpress, PayPal, or another payment gateway which handles all the security, customers still look for the padlock and https in the address bar, and if that's not present on your checkout page they may quickly turn away.
If your website has any pages asking for a Password (e.g. Registration or Login page), or Credit Card (checkout) then a more alarming notification will be displayed.
Talk to your website agency or hosting provider - if you're not sure or, even better, if it's us: flick us an email and we'll sort you out!