The main reason why we need to use SSL is to keep sensitive information that has been sent across the internet so that the only end-user or recipient can only have access to it. This is quite important as the information you send on the internet passes from PC to PC to get to the destination server. This is because any computer can see your sensitive information such as passwords and card details if it is not encrypted with SSL. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.
What does SSL provide to end-users?
SSL provides authentication when we have it installed on our website. It only means that you can be sure that you are sending information to the right server. This will stop any impostors who are fund of stealing information.
When accessing the website, most browsers show if your website can be trusted or not. Visitors will feel safe and make sure they are secured due to the visual cue such as a lock or a green bar. One most important thing about having HTTPS is that they can protect against a phishing attack. A phishing email is an email sent by a criminal who tries to impersonate your website.