An SSL certificate is a mechanism to provide additional security to a website/web-application which provides reassurance to visitors that the information they enter is secure. This information might be highly sensitive like debit/credit card details, but it also applies to usernames, passwords, personal details and even searches. Having an SSL certificate is commonly known as a website being 'secure'
When an SSL certificate is installed, it means the browser encrypts all traffic between the visitor and the webserver hosting - ensuring no data can be intercepted and examined along the way - you may notice the address bar starts with https:// instead of just http:// - the 's' stands for secure. SSL certificates can also verify websites as being authentic instead of being 'spoofed'. Having an SSL certificate shows that your company or organisation has to gone to some effort to protect the privacy of their visitors which helps to build trust.
As of 2016, we highly recommend all websites make use of an SSL certificate. The SEO benefit alone should justify the cost and it ticks another box for responsible security.
This website right now is running under https:// and should show the padlock symbol somewhere in your browser. We value and respect your privacy so any communications from you input via our website (i.e. enquiry form submission) will be encrypted.
Yes, if we are given the CSR, CRT and private key, we can arrange for the certificate to be installed for a charge. Please contact us.
There is strong evidence to say you will get a boost in search engine rankings by moving to https:// from http. However the transfer needs to be correctly handling using redirects to ensure Google and other searches understand the change - and there are no broken links. But we handle all of this as part of any SSL certificate purchase & installation..
Typically this can take 24-48hrs, although sometimes sooner. In some cirumstances, validation will need to take place to ensure the organisation purchasing the SSL certificate is genuine - so some background checks may take place - and evidence is occasionally required to prove ownership.