SSL Certificate – Are you using one yet?
Google has been taking steps towards making user browser experience more secure. As of Chrome version 62, which was released this past October, websites with any kind of text input will notice that a “Not Secure” warning in the address bar will show up if an SSL Certificate is not utilized.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is a form of security for websites that handle sensitive information. In essence, it’s a bit of code on your web server that encrypts the communication between the browser you (and your visitors) are using and your website. Data including personally identifiable information, credit card numbers, and login credentials are crucial to protect.
Is Your Site Affected?
If your website accepts any text input, including login panels, payment portals, search bars, and contact forms, you require an SSL Certificate to protect the privacy and data of your users.
If your website’s address begins with “http://” and not “https://” , then your website is currently not utilizing SSL and a “Not Secure” warning will be shown to your users through the address bar of their browsers.
Other Reasons to get an SSL Certificate
In addition to adding a crucial layer of security to your website and protecting your visitor’s privacy, SSL Certificates provide a small SEO boost (As Google favors websites that use this best security practice). SSL Certificates have also been shown to increase a website’s conversion rate.
Where can I get an SSL Certificate?
An SSL Certificate can usually be purchased from and installed by your web hosting provider; however, they can also be purchased directly from Certificate Authorities.
It is also worth mentioning that forcing HTTPS across your entire site is highly recommended to avoid users accidentally accessing the non-encrypted version of the website.
At the Niki Jones Agency, we offer competitive pricing for SSL Certificate installation and even offer Free SSL Certificates (with installation) with our Standard and Pro Hosting Plans.
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