Do you know what an SSL is?
Have you ever noticed the green https symbol in a website link?
See the image below this website shows a green bar where the link is. This certificate is an expensive one which comes with higher levels of protection and shows the company name.
Many sites that we use everyday have the https symbol but what does it mean?
Well in short it means that the website you are visiting has been encrypted so that whatever you do on that site is safe.
This is especially important for shopping and banking websites. Or any site that you enter your private details on.
More about an SSL
OK now for the jargon. SSL means security socket layer.
How does it do this? Well without going into all the geekology of this, it encrypts it. Go to Wikipedia to learn more. There is lots of information here with links to help you understand what it all means.
Why use an SSL?
Well if you have a website that requires people to enter private data like their credit card, personal details etc then you really need one.
People look for the green https and lock sign to feel secure about entering their data.
Google upping the anti on secure sites
In January this year Google released a new version of Chrome the most popular website browser in Australia.
This new version of Chrome now recognises if your website has forms that request sensitive information from visitors.
So if your website is ecommerce, has a client login area or other forms for people to complete, Google expects to see an SSL.
The talk around town is that soon Google will start to penalise sites that do not have an SSL.
How to you get an SSL?
Your website hosting service provider should be able to assist you.
Often they have a service as an add on to your hosting to add an SSL certificate. Get in touch with them to find out what they provide.
If they do not provide an SSL certificate service either free or paid then ask them what SSL certificates do they support.
You will need to get the certificate installed either by your hosting service or an experienced developer.
There is a free SSL service Let’s Encrypt that many hosting providers support.
There are many options out there and it is best to do your research.
Good for all
So is this a good thing? Yes.
It will mean that all of us will have a safer experience on the web. It will mean that when you go to a site that has an SSL you will feel more confident to deal with them.
I will transiting all my clients to have an SSL over the coming months. It is not something I can do with a flick of the switch. It will take time but it will be worth it for my clients.
Give me a call on 0418 605 617 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like help.
Stay safe folks cheers Claire