GOOGLE HAS CLAMPED DOWN ON SSL CERTIFICATES FOR WEBSITES IN 2018
You’re probably asking yourself, what is an SSL Certificate, and why is it important?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is the prevailing safety technology for incorporating an encrypted link amongst a web server and a web browser. It is designed to protect all forms of data exchanged between website browsers (the user) and a website. Ensuring both privacy and integrity of the exchange.
An SSL Certificate will also establish a secure connection for your website that will digitally connect to a cryptographic key.
SSL Certificates provide 3 core functions:
1. Encrypts sensitive information
When accessing a website, data is transferred from computers and servers in order to load a page. This data can be stored, which includes sensitive information such as credit card details for online shops and usernames & passwords for websites with login functions. Activating an SSL Certificate for a website disrupts the data storage when transferred between servers and computers except for the one server the data is being transmitted to. Making an SSL Certificate a requirement for websites with online shop gateways or a membership feature.
2. Protection from Cyber Hackers
Cyber criminals are becoming ever more present and cunning within the digital world.
According to Cybersecurity Ventures;
“cybersecurity damages will cost the world over $6 trillion annually by 2021.”
SSL Certificates act as the perfect foil to cyber criminals attempting to steal vital information whilst being transferred between computers and servers.
3. Trust and Credibility
Website users opening up your website and seeing a green “Secure” padlock feel a sense of safety, comfort and trust to browse your website. This boosts your business’ credibility not just with the user, but also with Google as an SSL Certificate will boost your search ability.
When do I need to apply an SSL Certificate to my website?
Google has released its latest update for Chrome (v64.0.3282.119) on January 24th 2018 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Google will now begin flagging websites without SSL Certificates as unsafe or unsecure – depending on the functions within your website. This will deter website users from staying on your website if this red warning appears.
According to StatCounter, 57% of all web searchesworldwide on either a desktop, tablet or mobile is done so using Google Chrome, to say that not having an SSL Certificate for your website will significantly reduce your audience is an understatement.
How do I get an SSL Certificate?
Simply contact the team at JABA to get started. We have several options for security certificates depending on how long you would like between renewals, whether you have an online shop and what level of security is needed for your website. We can chat to you about your website and guide you in the right direction for your needed website security. Find out more about our SSL pricing and give us a call.
Is your website secure? We can help you get your SSL Certificate for protection, trust and credibility.