What are the benefits of using an SSL certificate?

Lots of reasons! Aside from encrypting all information as it is exchanged from the server to the user’s device, having a secure site (complete with browser padlock and https://) lets your visitors know that you prioritize security and privacy. Even if you are not selling your products and services online, you are protecting their browsing privacy and any information they may submit over contact or subscription forms. Websites secured with an SSL certificate tend to be prioritized by the search engines – it’s become a necessity to compete with other websites.