What is an SSL certificate?

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate uses encryption technology to create a secure connection between the web server and the browser. It means that no one besides the website and the person submitting information to the website can see or access what's typed into the browser.

SSL has become so important that Google now displays sites without SSL as "not secure" in Chrome's address bar, something that will reduce your site's search engine ranking and reduce your site traffic. Secure sites can easily be identified by a padlock and "https" at the start of the address bar.

Adding SSL encryption to your website is a quick and easy way to build trust and confidence in your website.

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Which SSL certificate is right for me? It all depends on the type of website you wish to secure. Although RapidSSL can be used for small businesses, it is best suited for personal or brochure websites. On the other hand, Quick SSL Premium is ideal for businesses and e-commerce websites.

* Cannot be used in conjunction with Netregistry Cloud web hosting. Only purchase RapidSSL for cPanel and VPS services.

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Do you need HTTPS website security?

As technology has become smarter, so have the people who intend to put your website in jeopardy. Known most commonly as ‘hackers', these characters lurk on the web waiting for a site to show signs of weakness. They primarily want to get at your data to steal any personal information or payment details they can get their hands on in an attempt to infiltrate the finances of business owners and customers alike.

These instances don't just occur offshore. Contrary to popular belief, there are many website security breaches right across Australia, keeping local web security providers on their toes and businesses in constant need of security software updates.

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Increase your Google rank

If you are optimising your site to rank higher in Google, an SSL certificate could be your missing ingredient. Google now ranks websites with SSL certification higher than those without.

In addition, visitors will be alerted if your site doesn't have SSL certification. This is not only to emphasise the importance of this level of security to website owners, but also to ensure the safety of Google users browsing the web.

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Can you put a price on privacy? This is one service you don't want to scrimp on. The cost of an SSL certificate can change from provider to provider, depending on the features you wish to include. We suggest that you make decisions about security with a focus on features, accreditation and compatibility with your business needs, rather than the price. The cheapest option may be right for some but not all businesses, so tread carefully when making your choice.

Although you may have a cPanel hosting plan which includes a shared SSL certificate, this certificate will always show your web host as the owner. A dedicated GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium certificate will show your company as the owner (via the click to verify link) of the security on your site, which increases your brand's presence and improves your customers' trust in your website.

Depending on the browser you are using, if a site is secure, you might either see a green or a grey padlock accompanied by the 'https' in the site address bar. As long as the padlock hasn't got a red strike-through or a yellow warning triangle, it means the website you are using is secure. You might notice, for example, for a given secure website, that the padlock will be green on Internet Explorer but it will be grey on Chrome. However, that doesn't impact the security aspect of the site.

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