Don’t have an SSL Certificate? Google is going to flag your website this year!
We use the Internet for everything and even more so in recent years for buying and selling products. With this dominating trend, online security has become a necessity. Undoubtedly, Google loves its users and therefore, is coming up with every possible way to make us feel secure here on the internet. With its recent announcement, earlier this year, Google will flag all the unencrypted websites by the end of 2017.
Google will flag 2/3rd of the web as unsafe.
This means if your website doesn’t have an SSL, it will display a ‘Not Secure’ in the URL bar.
When do you need to worry about SSL?
With Chrome version 62 being released, websites with any kind of text input will need an SSL certificate.
- Does your website take text inputs in the form of login panels, contact forms, search bars, etc?
- Is your website on HTTP://?
If it’s a YES to both these questions, you need to install SSL to avoid any risks or warnings. If you don’t implement SSL soon, your visitors will see a “Not Secure” warning on visiting your site.
What is SSL Certificate? And How it Works?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
If you don’t have the SSL certificate, a secure connection cannot be established, that means, your company information will not be digitally connected to a cryptographic key.
SSL Certificate has following information:
- Name of the holder
- Serial number and expiration date
- Copy of the certificate holder’s public key
- Digital Signature of the certificate-issuing authority
Why are SSL Certificates Critical?
Here are some of the reasons to have SSL Certificates:
1. Encrypts Sensitive Information
The information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to.
2. Protects You From Cybercriminals
It is impossible to escape the rising tide of cybercrime if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate. They will identify weakness(es) in your network…mostly when information is transmitted. Recently, cybercriminals have been refining malicious strains that are specifically designed to capture data while moving between destinations. You can take action to protect yourself from this risk by installing an SSL certificate that offers a vital means of defending against transit-based hacks.
3. Builds Trust & Brand Power
With SSL certificates, your customers will see visuals like lock icon and green address bar that indicates well-trusted encryption is in use. As a customer, they will feel safe and trust your business when they see the icon on your website. Undoubtedly, this will add brand power and boost the credibility of the brand.
Before Google flags your website, secure it today with an SSL Certificate. Please contact us via email@example.com and we can arrange to install one on your website.