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SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. To create an SSL connection a web server requires an SSL Certificate.
HTTPS is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) with either SSL or TLS. It provides encrypted communications and a secure ID of a web server. SSL is simply a protocol that enables secure communications online. Aside from HTTPS, TLS/SSL can be utilized in order to secure other app-specific protocols.
SSL certificates helps to keep online interactions private and assure users that the website is authentic and safe to share private information with. More relevant to businesses is the fact that an SSL certificate is required for an HTTPS web address.
Google is pushing web owners to implement an SSL certificate on their websites. The aim of Google is to become a trusted Search Engine. To do that, Google has to show only secure websites in the search results. That’s why Google is giving a rank push to HTTPS sites.
If you don't have an SSL certificate, your website may still function as always, but it will be vulnerable to hackers and Google will warn visitors that your website is not secure. Google also gives priority to websites that have an SSL certificate.
For most browsers, look to see if a site URL begins with “https,” which indicates it has an SSL certificate. Then click on the padlock icon in the address bar to view the certificate information.