An SSL ‘secure socket layer’ certificate is a digital licensee to secure and send your website data with end to end encryption.
Does My Website Need An SSL Certificate?
The truth is as long as you are not selling products on your website, or taking credit card, a SSL certificate is not required.
But search engines like Google do give a little SEO boost to websites that are encrypted with SSL. This is a signal to Google that the website owners takes website security seriously, even if they don’t take customers credit cards and other sensitive information.