Most of us spend a lot of our time online- personal use, selling, buying, researching- the internet is a one stop shop for almost everything you need to do and understand. When you visit a website, the url (or www.mysite.com) located in the browser bar gives us a lot of information about the site that we are on- and how safe we are on it. One of those visual cues is the https:// instead of the http:// at the beginning. When you see the “s” is https://, the site is more secure because it has SSL encryption. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer.
GoDaddy does a great job explaining SSL ” Think of an SSL certificate as a giant windshield for when you drive on the information super-highway. You wouldn’t head out on your local freeway — especially at night in a rural area — without something between you and all the bugs. You likely couldn’t see, and besides, you’ve already had your protein for breakfast. In much the same way, an SSL certificate protects your site — and its visitors — from many digital bugs, worms and other nasty web creatures.”