What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificate facilities a few purposes with one being to secure and encrypt the connection between both the web browser and the web site that you are accessing. While the second purpose is to authenticate the website in which you are accessing. Without an SSL Certificate being in place the connection is left both unguarded and unauthenticated, meaning any and all information that is being submitted on a website is and can be intercepted without much effort from hackers.
Why Do I Need an SSL Certificate?
Due to a recent report published by Netcraft that found 97% of all websites lacked basic security, popular browsers such as Google Chrome are making industry changes that are forcing the adoption of SSL/TLS. Browsers are shifting the mindset from SSL/TLS being related to only e-Commerce and websites that collect sensitive information to the mindset of ALL websites need an SSL/TLS Certificate.
Browser Warning of Non-HTTPS Websites
By far the most aggressive push towards the adoption of SSL/TLS is with the adoption of warning users of the website being insecure when accessed without an SSL/TLS. Overtime Google Chrome and other popular browsers will follow suite and begin to turn the treatment of non-HTTPS websites worse and worse until it eventually becomes the red “X Not Secure” indicator.