SSL is short for secure sockets layer. It’s a protocol used by web browsers and servers that enables data sent via the Internet to be authenticated, encrypted, and decrypted. When a website is enabled with SSL, it will create a type of secure tunnel between your web browser and the server that hosts that specific site without interfering with the website’s performance. This means that you can still look forward to the same page speed with the added security advantage. If a hacker attempts to steal any info, like credit card numbers, login credentials, or social security numbers, this tunnel will prevent him access meaning that all data shared on this site will remain protected.
On the other hand, when a visitor browses a website without SSL, the web browser will connect with the site directly which means that any info will be transmitted publicly. In this case, hackers will be able to grab that sensitive info to gain access to your data.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it compulsory for a website to have SSL?
While it’s not compulsory for all websites to have SSL, it’s strongly recommended. Basically, if you don’t have SSL you’re placing your website visitors and customers at higher risk of getting their data stolen online. In fact, without encryption, you’re also placing the overall security of your own site at risk.
How do you know if a website is secure?
Thanks to visual cues, it’s easy for website visitors to identify which websites are secure and which aren’t. Starting with the website address itself, instead of displaying “http://”, it will show “https://”. Depending on the web browser that’s used, a lock icon or the word “Secure” will appear in the URL bar. Then, moving over to the actual website, there might also appear an extra badge on the website itself to show that it’s secure.
Can all my content hosted on HubSpot be SSL enabled?
If you’re hosting your content on HubSpot, the good news is that you can enable SSL across your site, landing pages, blog, and all the other content hosted on HubSpot, if your subscription allows it.