We’ve written about using SSL to gain Https:// before (What does Https mean?) but a reminder is always nice. Using Https:// allows for encrypted connections between your browser and the server where the content you are viewing comes from. This prevents anyone having access to one of the (tens/hundreds?) connections between your computer and the server from viewing it. Specific details about the content may still be visible; your employer will know you are visiting https://BankOfAmerica.com, but they won’t be able to see your bank account information going back and forth between your computer and BofA’s server.
SSL also helps with your search engine rankings. Google and others give a little more weight to sites using SSL.
Here at TheComputerBoy.com, we believe in using SSL so much all of our hosting sites can employ SSL certificates free of charge. If you don’t know how to set up a SSL certificate through cPanel, contact us and we’ll do it for a small charge. We can even make recommendations on where to get a free SSL certificate!