An SSL Certificate is issued by a Certificate Authority and as part of the process they verify the purchasing company's identity. This may vary from validating the email address to reviewing company documents and physical address verification.
SSL Certificates come in various types with different encryption levels, securing a single sub domain (such as www.icdesign.co.uk) or a wildcard domain (so you can use shop.icdesign.co.uk or secure.icdesign.co.uk) or with Extended Validation (EV) which makes the browser display the address in a big green bar for extra emphasis.
You can see the Certificate Information and details of the Company by clicking on the padlock icon in the address bar.
When would an SSL Certificate be required?
If your website gathers sensitive information such as personal details or credit card numbers you must have an SSL certificate to protect your users and customers.
Are there any other benefits?
Yes. SSL is a ranking factor with Google and investing in an SSL certificate shows commitment which Google like. Authentication is also good as users can see it is your server via the certificate and can easily spot if someone is trying to pretend to be your server as they would not have the padlock symbol or https:// in the address bar. It also builds trust between you and your website visitor. Through the lock or green title bar, users can see that their connection is secure.
As an authorised re-seller, we guide clients on what they may need as they can vary greatly in price (depending on things like required security level and the type of domain you are using).
If you would like to know more or have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.