SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted links between a client and a server —typically a web server (website) and a browser/mail server and a mail client (e.g. Outlook). SSL permits sensitive information such as credit card numbers, NID numbers and login credentials to be transmitted securely.
Normally, data sent between browsers and web servers is sent in plain text—leaving you vulnerable to eavesdropping. If an attacker is able to intercept all data being sent between a browser and a web server they can see and use that data.
Several events have happened within the last year which has brought SSL to the forefront of many people’s minds. Some of those things include: Heart Bleed (Open SSL Vulnerability), POODLE (SSL v 3.0), AOSSL (SEO benefits) and the SHA-1 to SHA-2 Upgrade/Update.
If you have a business that does any type of online commerce, your clients want to know that you value their security and are serious about protecting their data. More and more customers are becoming savvy online shoppers and reward the brands that they trust with increased business. The time to install SSL on your website or upgrade your SSL Certificate to an EV SSL Certificate (more about this below) would be better served now than later.