SSL certificate. Do I need it for my website?

SSL certificate. Do I need it for my website?

SSL certifcates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.


Not every website needs SSL. If you are an e-commerce website that uses Paypal or another third party payment gateway, and all the sensitive data is being processed at the gateway’s website then you likely do not need an SSL Certificate. However, the site that processes the payments does.

As SSL cryptographic information details, Monster Reach recommends that all websites should use the SSL certificate, especially:

  •         E-commerce websites. It lets your customers trust and buy from you.
  •         If your website uses sensitive customer information
  •         If the website has a login requiring a username and password



Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to.

It is a security system that will make your customers comfortable when giving their details and ensures the safety of confidential information that you have stored on your website.


The security of your website is vital. Make sure your security certificate is updated on all pages (HTTPS and SSL). Google has already taken steps to notify users of potentially harmful websites.

Monster Reach is not just a web design agency, we also have our own Australian based high speed web hosting and SSL certificate to guarantee the security of your business.


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