What is SSL?

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, provides secure transfer of encrypted data over a server and keeps private information, such as consumer data, financial account numbers, and usernames and passwords, safe. This level of security makes it impossible for a third party to intercept the information.

While SSL is the commonly used term, our solution technically uses TLS (Transport Layer Security), an updated, more secure version of SSL. We still refer to our security certificates as SSL, but our solution employs the most up-to-date TLS certificates.

It is recommended that SSL be turned on for your website. There are several reasons to do so:

  • Authentication: SSL encryption ensures that the correct servers speak to each other. 

  • Data Integrity: Protects the data in transit between clients and servers from being altered. 

  • Encryption: Safeguards your communications from those who aren’t supposed to receive them. 

  • SEO: Sites with SSL may see a boost in Google’s search results.

Enabling SSL

To turn on SSL for your site, navigate to Website >> Settings in your admin. 

On the Settings page, locate the SSL and toggle it on:

Note: You will only be able to toggle this option on if you have a custom domain. Once your custom domain has been added, and your DNS setup is complete, you can toggle SSL on.

A secure site is denoted by a lock symbol followed by "https://" If you see this, you're good to go–your site is secure!

If you see "Not Secure" in your browser, it is because there is a link somewhere on your page that is not secure. You will need to update the links to point to a secure site. This is usually as simple as adding an "s" at the end of "http" in the URL.

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