Simple SSL provides you with a domain validated SSL certificate issued through Let’s Encrypt™. If you’re wondering whether the level of security and encryption provided by a Simple SSL certificate is sufficient for an eCommerce site: the short answer is, “Yes.”
The long answer, however, is slightly more nuanced.
While the level of encryption that a domain validated SSL certificate offers is sufficient for just about any application, any time that you plan on handling sensitive user information such as credit card or bank account information on your website, it’s advisable to instead purchase an OV (Organization Validated) or, even better, an EV (Extended Validation) SSL certificate from a third-party provider rather than use a domain validated certificate.
There are two reasons for this recommendation:
First, Let’s Encrypt™ certificates do not carry any warranty or guarantees. Generally, OV and EV certificates purchased from third-party providers come with an extensive warranty and often even insurance in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong with the certificate.
Second, OV and EV certs carry a higher level of trust. Since anybody can get a domain validated certificate, these certs don’t do much to prevent spoofing. While they do encrypt user data, they don’t guarantee your users anything about the authenticity of your site or organization.
By contrast, OV and EV certs require much more than just a domain to obtain. There’s actually a strict vetting process that goes along with purchasing these certificates. Your site’s users can put a higher level of trust in your site knowing that it has one of these certificates. This is particularly true of an EV certificate, as it will have the green organization bar in the browser in addition to the standard padlock, such as on Target’s eCommerce site:
Again, just to reiterate: the level of encryption in a domain validated Simple SSL certificate itself is sufficient. Strictly speaking, you don’t need more than a regular domain validated certificate. There are many eCommerce sites that use them. But running a site that handles extremely sensitive user information isn’t a responsibility to take lightly, which is why we recommend the extra layer of security provided with an OV or, ideally, an EV cert whenever possible.
Questions relating to payments, billing and managing your account on Flywheel.14 Articles
Learn everything there is to know about what Blueprints are, how to create them and how to make the best use of them.5 Articles
How to access your WordPress database to make changes and update content.3 Articles
Details about how to manage DNS and point your domain names at Flywheel.14 Articles
The most commonly asked questions, and a few we just think you should know.26 Articles
Questions that don't fit elsewhere, or those about Flywheel in general.58 Articles
Everything you need to know to get your first Flywheel site up and running.16 Articles
Everything you need to know about our amazing, free local WordPress development software for Mac and PC.9 Articles
Everything you need to know about managing your team with our Organizations feature.8 Articles
Which plugins work best, which plugins work worst, and everything in between.7 Articles
Details about everything Flywheel does to makes your site so secure.15 Articles
Information on setting up and troubleshooting with SFTP connections and file transfers.5 Articles
All there is to know about our free, automatically installed and activated SSL certificates.9 Articles
How to get the most out of Staging, which allows you to duplicate a site, make changes, and then push those changes to the live site.6 Articles
Everything you need to know about our Whitelabel subscriptions for branding and reselling Flywheel.4 Articles