One of the reasons I moved to InMotion as my website server provider is they included FREE SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for every domain I add to my account. There are nice technical reasons why they can do this, but I won’t get into the details here.
There are two reasons I wanted to add this feature to my websites. First is the eCommerce (store) sites I use to run a KautzCraft Studio Store , where I offer mostly my silver work and Ramblin’ Dan’s Store, where I offer Taig machine tools for sale.
The second reason is that today’s browsers make everyone feel insecure with the browser’s built-in constant warning about sites that don’t use SSL as being “unsafe or insecure”. Not every site needs to be HTTPS (The “S” means secure) by installing SSL, but the browsers don’t differentiate. They mark all sites not using SSL as unsafe.
In the past it required a static and single user IP address to install SSL on a website. It still does for the highest security for sites that might attract the most serious hackers. Some forms of the SSL certification can cost over $1000 per year and offer financial “insurance” as a reason for the high cost. That plus the cost for the IP means SSL was not feasible for non-revenue sites.
There are ways to create and use free “self-signed” SSL certification, but it is the lowest level and the browsers always warn that these are not secure. They are perfectly fine for private use between known users. They offer the same level of encryption as the purchased certificates.
The InMotion ‘Free” SSL is equal to the low cost purchasable ($40-$50) certification and is backed by Comodo, a universally accepted (by browsers) certification agent. What makes it so good for me is that it doesn’t cost me any extra and I can put this recognized level of SSL on every website I create.
Certainly, this is how all websites can affordably offer SSL. On today’s internet, SSL encryption should be a given, as InMotion has done. There are other providers certainly making the same offer. It’s not going to replace the pricey high-level certifications, but it is the right step in making all internet traffic more secure.
After all, the whole internet concept was created based on FREE and easy communications. Of course, there are needs for standards, or nothing would work at all. Making standard SSL encryption free for common uses, is the right move. It works for me.