What Is An SSL Certificate?

SkyStra
Oct 30, 2019

In this day and age, everything online is a target for hackers. That’s why having an SSL certificate installed on your website is a basic requirement if you’re concerned with website security.

Security

With added security, SSL certificates also help with search engine rankings as a website with a proper SSL certificate installed will always rank higher than non-secure sites. For instance, Google now delists all websites that do not have a valid SSL certificate installed.

An SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) creates a secure connection between a website and the visitor’s browser to ensure that all data that passes through the connection is private and secure. That means all the data is encrypted during transmission between your website visitor and our cloud platform.

Do I Need to Buy an SSL Certificate?

The answer is no. Any company trying to sell you an SSL is looking to make a quick buck. We provide free SSL certificates with all of our services. In fact, we believe SSL certificates should always come free of charge as it’s our responsibility to ensure all connections are private and secure.

EV Certificates

There’s also a third option when it comes to SSL certificates called an EV certificate (Extended Validation). Big businesses used these certificates to prove their authenticity by going through a long and tedious process of verifying their business ownership and paying high fees for this type of SSL.

Only a handful of certificate authorities are able to validate EV certificates, so it was considered the most trustworthy SSL certificate on the web.

That’s until Apple decided that these don’t protect users as intended as customers don’t take visual cues when entering personal or credit card information, so they completely removed EV UI from their Safari browser. Both Google and Mozilla followed suit and removed the EV markers from their browsers in Chrome version 77 and Firefox version 70, so we can confirm that EV certificates lost their importance since browsers no longer show if a website has a regular or EV certificate.

Even a security industry veteran Troy Hunt (owner of the www.haveibeenpwned.com website) agrees and declared EV certificates dead in his blog post.

Verdict

The SSL certificate you get with Skystra does what it is supposed to do, protect your visitors and their data, from being hacked during transmission.