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I am planning to start up a new business soon and part of it is selling online. I was planning on using PayPal in the early days to handle the payments until we can afford good enough security so that we can hold data such as credit card information ourselves. My question is this:

When using PayPal (or other third party checkouts such as Google Checkout) as a checkout system, will my site need an SSL certificate and an https connection?

Technically no, PayPal will handle that part for you. However, most users will trust you more if you do have one yourself. It means you take their privacy seriously.

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