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Do Affiliates need SSL certificates?

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sportakus
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Do Affiliates need SSL certificates?

I have a question about SSL certificates. When we purchase a domain do we need this for our sites if we are just affiliates? I purchase my domains at NameCheap and you get it free for one 1 year. When the free year is up should I purchase that service? I do not sale anything as I am only an affiliate so I only forward visitors to the sales pages or sites? Thoughts anyone? Thanks
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michael025
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Hi Sportakus,

You only need SSL if your website actually processes the payment for a specific site....so, in our case, since we are working on affiliate sites and only redirect buyers to vendors, there wouldn't be a need for them....

As per the Verisign site:

SSL is only needed if:
- you have an online store or accept online orders and credit cards
- you offer a log-in or sign-in on your site
- you process sensitive data such as address, birth date, licence or ID numbers
- you need to comply with privacy and security requirements
- you value privacy and expect others to trust you.

If your website doesn't have any of the following above, then there is no need for SSL

Hope that helps : )
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Hello michael025
Thanks for getting back so quick. That's what I thought but I wanted to be sure. Thanks again.
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