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FAQ: What is SSL?

By: Antonia Lowther
Carbon Pixel FAQs

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and is a security protocol to enable you to access a website securely.  When you access a site which has SSL you will notice that the web address begins https:// rather than http:// (note the additional “s”). This means your interaction with that website is encrypted and information you enter can’t be stolen by hackers.

Google sees websites which use https:// as safe and the use of https may boost the ranking  or your website over a non secure website. As of January 2017, Google have started differentiating between those websites that are secure and those that aren’t secure in their Chrome browser. You may seen either the word “secure” or an “I” at the start of the web address.  Users will have more confidence in clicking on your site if it is secure.

To make sure your website is secure a SSL certificate will need to be installed on the server that hosts your website.  If you need secure hosting, please get in touch at



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