Website With or Without SSL, which one is better?

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Most of us might be concerned about our data and its security, in fact people out there in public are much more concern and thinks several times before sharing and storing minor to minor information.

Most of them are aware about https which mean –

Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (S-HTTP)

Which uses Secure Sockets Layer to establish connection between Data Server, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the user’s device (PC, mobile, tablet etc.). The below diagram shows its layout.

Which uses Secure Secure Sockets Layer to establish connection between Data Server, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the user's computer. The below diagram shows its layout.
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In this article you can read the advantages and disadvantages of using SSL Certificate for your website. First, we‘ll talk of disadvantages and then the advantages.

Disadvantages of HTTPS (SSL)

One of the most common disadvantages faced by all the SSL users is the website’s and server’s performance in terms of its speed and response timing is much slower.

Implementing of SSL requires more efforts for the both parties (the server and the users-agent) to add further efforts in exchanging data, handshake and encrypting and decrypting of the data. This process is quite slow as compared to exchange of data without HTTPS or SSL which results slower communication process.

In a post publishedRef#1 by International Business Machine (IBM) has mentioned that it takes 10 times more time and server’s resources as compared to non-HTTPS websites.

Some of other disadvantages of SSL are-

  • Slower communication and data exchange
  • Uses more server resouces
  • Takes more time to process data
  • Most of devices may-not support SSL
  • Require separate IP address
  • You cannot use SSL over shared-hosting
  • It is costly and expires after some period.

Advantages of HTTPS (SSL)

One of the main advantages of HTTPs or SSL is the security over the online data transmission. With SSL that data over-internet is transmitted after encrypting, which is decrypted by the user-agent (browser used by the user) which have requested for data. Some of the best advantages of the use of SSL (HTTPs) have mentioned below-

1. Authentication

I don’t think you need any more explanation about authentication since I’ve already mentioned above, but for newbies I will give explain in brief

Data exchange between the user’s customer and server known as a handshake is much more secure since the data is transmitted after encrypting, which can only be decoded by the user’s device and the server itself. Nobody* can tamper or alter the information while it is on its way.

2. Increases Customers Confidence

Most of you may or may not agree, but, it is true that using HTTPs you can gain confidence of your customers by telling them that their data on your website is pretty secure.

3. Mandatory for Accepting Payment

If you have used any website which facilitates shopping or banking transaction, then you might have seen that they uses https to secure their website while making banking transaction. Therefore, if you have such service on your website or planning to start some like the service, then you must get one for your website.

4. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Boosts-up

Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu etc. appropriate and gives more priority to the websites with HTTPS and SSL as compared to non-HTTPs. It helps you to gain more Page ranking and Alexa Rank which saves your further investments over Search Engine Marketing (SME) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

You can increase your website’s visibility on Google here

References
1. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/tividd/td/ITLM/SC32-1431-01/en_US/HTML/tlminmst45.htm

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