Get a Free SSL Certificate and Secure Your Site Now

Protect your website and visitors by offering secure and encrypted connections. Build brand trust and improve your search engine rankings with our free SSL Certificate – available for all hosting plans.

Get a Free SSL Certificate and Secure Your Site Now

Free SSL Certificates With All Our Plans

Purchase one of our hosting plans and receive an SSL certificate for free.

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The Difference Between Free and Paid SSL Certificates

At Hostinger, our free SSL certificate is as secure as the paid ones. We use a domain-validated certificate compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), so it’s a standard SSL that is excellent for protecting all types of websites.
Regarding security levels, there’s no difference between free and paid SSL certificates. Both provide strong encryption for securely connecting your site and its visitors.
They also display essential indicators to show that the website is risk-free – the HTTPS prefix and padlock icon on the address bar of major browsers.
We also renew all certificates automatically and free of charge, providing more convenience for our users and helping them save money.
The Difference Between Free and Paid SSL Certificates

Why Do You Need an SSL Certificate?

Secure Your Website

Adding an SSL certificate to the site, you protect all private information shared between you and the visitors from unauthorized users. Also, our SSL certificates use 256-bit encryption, the industry standard for data protection.

Comply With PCI DSS Standards

Online businesses that accept transactions and deal with visitors’ credentials must comply with PCI Security Standards, which include SSL protection. Without this security feature, the website would put its visitors at risk and fail to meet the regulations.

Build Trust

Enabling SSL protection, your site’s URL will start with HTTPS, and the address bar will also display a padlock icon. These elements show visitors that your website uses SSL and is risk-free, so they know their credentials and transaction details are safe.

Increase Your Ranking on Google

An SSL certificate provides an additional layer of security and adds the HTTPS prefix to the site’s URL, which the search engine considers vital parts of a good page experience. That’s why Google is most likely to place SSL-certified websites higher on search results, increasing their visibility and organic traffic.

How SSL Certificates Work


Establishing a Connection

Websites will get a public and private key after successfully acquiring or purchasing an SSL certificate. When users access the website, their browser will request its SSL certificate and public key to verify if it’s trustworthy.


Data Encryption

If it’s successful, the browser will generate two symmetric keys and send one of them to the web server using the public key. Once the server receives the key, it will use its private key to decrypt it. The browser and server can now form a secure connection to transfer information.


Visual Indicators

A website with a successful SSL installation will have multiple indicators on the address bar – a padlock icon and an HTTPS prefix on the website’s URL. Depending on the type of certificate, site owners can also display a site seal to increase trustworthiness.

SSL Certificates FAQs

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