SSL certificate required to take PayPal payments

Do you use PayPal on your online store?

If you have an ecommerce website that’s using PayPal, you will shortly need to have an SSL Certificate (https) installed otherwise paypal payments will not be received. The majority of ecommerce platforms (Magento, Woocommerce, Opencart all use PayPal’s IPN).

To carry on using PayPal’s instant payment method (IPN) and to avoid any disruption, you must ensure that your systems are ready for Friday, June 30th, 2017.

So what is an SSL certificate?

A SSL certificate stands for “Secure Sockets Layer” it is an encryption technology which was created in the 1990s. It creates an encrypted connection between your web server and the visitors web server. This allows private information to be transmitted without the problems of message forgery, eavesdropping, or data tampering.

When a web browser is using an SSL certificate, it will usually show a padlock icon but may also display a green address bar. If SSL is properly deployed, the information transmitted between the web browser and the web server, is encrypted and only seen by the organisation that owns the website.

If you need any help on how to setup your SSL certificate, please give the office a call on 01482 223469 or email