These days, however, it’s a different story. Now you’ll seldom find websites which don’t proudly display that little green padlock.
There are numerous reasons for this. More often than not SSL certificates are installed just because of the vast amount of benefits that come with them, and due to so much competition, the price to have a certificate installed along with the purchase of the certificate itself is minimal.
In my opinion, the only people who don’t bother with getting setup for HTTPS are simply those that don’t understand it. There are zero negatives, only positives and for less than the price of a cup of coffee you too could be set up with an SSL certificate in just a matter of minutes.
The OptionsWhen it comes to SSL certificates, there are typically three options. Each of these options can come with different features or bolt ons depending on who you buy them with, but they’re essentially the same thing.
You can check here for an example of the various SSL solutions offered by a typical web hosting company.
It apparently led to lots of people getting certificates installed in the hope of better positions. Whether it is having an effect remains to be seen as pretty much every top 10 results you find now everyone has an SSL certificate!
Trust and SecurityIt’s important not to forget that the primary goal of the SSL certificate is to provide trust and security. You can be safe & secure in the knowledge that any data you’re sending over your web connection is encrypted and that the company you’re dealing with at the other end cares enough about you and your data to properly secure it.
As you can see, the benefits of having a certificate by far outweigh any negatives. Sure you may have to part with a few dollars to get started, but the benefits you’ll receive, especially if you’re a commercial website will by far outweigh that. Especially if you do receive an increased ranking on Google etc. by doing so.
There are numerous firms out there offering SSL certificates such as GeoTrust or like most people you could just choose to speak with your web hosting company and have them order a certificate on your behalf.
If you order via them, they’ll probably install it for you too as it’s much easier for them to do that than to try and work with the certificate you’ve bought yourself from a third party.