SSL Certificates help secure your website and online store against online threats. Learn about Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates and why they’re included in our GoCentral Business and Online Store plans https://www.godaddy.com/gocentral.
Wondering what SSL or an SSL certificate is? Here’s an overview to help you understand the benefit of having SSL on your GoCentral site.
Basically, an SSL certificate keeps customers’ information secure and bad guys locked out.
So, what does that mean? Think of your website as having a lockbox around the private and sensitive information that you collect from your customers. This includes names, phone numbers, addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers.
The SSL certificate works as a key to the lockbox. That key is specific to your domain name, and no one but you can access that locked away information.
SSL encrypts information between your customers’ browser and your Web server, so your customers’ personal information is disguised, stays secure, and goes directly to you.
When you have a domain and a website for your business through Go Daddy’s GoCentral website builder or online store tools, you automatically have an SSL certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority.
This is really important to your customers if they are sharing their payment or personal information with you on your site. They want to feel safe when they make purchases from your site.
How can you tell that you have an SSL certificate on your website?
When your customers look at your website address on their browser bars, instead of seeing “http” in front of your domain name, they see “https.” This makes them feel confident that your website is secure. And their browser displays a padlock on your website. The location of the padlock may be different, depending on your customers’ browsers. But, it’s another sign that they can feel comfortable and confident submitting their personal info on your site.
What if you don’t collect information on your website? Well, you don’t have to do anything. The security is there for you, even if you don’t need it.
And, if you decide to expand your website to include taking in contact or payment information, it’s ready for you.
GoCentral has you covered!