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What is SSL?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a cryptographic protocol that provides a secure channel between two machines or devices operating over the internet or an internal network. One common example is when SSL is used to secure communication between a web browser and a web server. This turns a website’s address from HTTP to HTTPS, the “S” standing for “secure”.

Website security is at risk without encryption. Without SSL, your site visitors are at higher risk of having their data stolen. SSL protects websites from many threats such as phishing scams and data breaches. SSL builds a secure environment for both visitors and site owners.

How can I tell if my website has SSL?

  • the URL starts with “https://” and not “http://”
  • there is a padlock icon in the URL bar
  • the certificate is valid (click a padlock icon to see information about certificate)

How do I get an SSL certificate?

All Ecwid users get a free website with a built-in online store (Instant Site).

If you use the Instant Site with an Ecwid domain (like https://example.company.site), you already have an SSL certificate by default. 

Ways to get an SSL certificate:

  • enable an SSL certificate while using certain site builders
  • buy an SSL certificate from a domain registrar or hosting service
  • buy an SSL certificate from a reseller
  • get a free SSL certificate.

Learn more about getting an SSL certificate for your website.

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