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A Newbie’s Guide to Making Your Site More Secure With SSL: What Is It & Why Should I Care?

In today’s world of expert hackers and easily encrypted files, the need for website security is necessary to keep your domain safe for users and their information.

Let’s Start With The Basics

Any site you enter will have a URL that starts with http:// or https://?

SSL enables websites to move from HTTP to HTTPS, which makes them more secure and encrypted (the “s” stands for secure, get it!?). You’ll also see a padlock icon in the URL bar to indicate the website has a SSL Certificate. Feel free to click on it and read more about the website and the company that provides the certificate. 

Having this SSL Certificate connection to your website means that any data you enter is safely shared with that website, hackers are prevented from creating a fake version of the site, and ultimately ownership of the site is verified.

What Else Does A SSL Certificate Do?

Not only is an SSL certificate important for security reasons, but it is also an important ranking factor for SEO and search engines. Google search’s boost sites using SSL despite having personal information or not, meaning that even if your site doesn’t have login pages, checkout pages, or collect sensitive or financial information, you still receive SEO benefits with an SSL Certificate on your site!

How Do I Get SSL On My Site?

At Second Mile Marketing, we understand how tech-heavy these things can be, and we want to go that extra mile by taking this off your plate! Our team can issue a certificate followed by installing and activating it on the website’s origin server. 

Once activated, the website will be able to load over HTTPS and all traffic to and from the website will be encrypted and secure!

We care about making sure your information is secure and safe on the world wide web, so please reach out and we’d be happy to help you with all of your tech and development needs. Check out our FREE website grader to see how your website stacks up among the rest when it comes to performance, SEO, mobile, and security.

Published by Hannah Collins May 18, 2022