Do I really need to get an SSL certification for my site?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer protection and before we go into explaining exactly what that means, let’s first tell you what happens if you don’t have SSL on your hosting.
Around October 2016, Google announced that it wanted to make the internet a safe place. They wanted to make sure website owners took responsibility for the security of the information entered into their websites. This means that they wanted all website owners who were collecting form information or credit cards on their websites to get an SSL certificate. If you didn’t then any time there was a form on your page that required the visitor to enter information Google Chrome would try to protect the visitor by telling them your site was “Not Secure”.
So with Google marking all sites that are not encrypted with HTTPS as “Not secure” this is simple motivation enough to get an SSL certificate and become “secure” and compliant.