Creating versus Purchasing a SSL Certificate

Based on the needs of your website, you may decide to either create a self-signed certificate or purchase an SSL certificate. If your site only handles minimally senstitive data, then creating your own self-signed certificate may be appropriate.

If your site handles extremely senstitive data (such as credit card information), you should purchase an SSL certificate. Buying a certificate offers a third-party verification system to ensure visitors the security of your site.

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