How Google Is Making an SSL Certificate a Requirement for Your Business

May 25, 2018

Ever wondered how secure your internet connection is? Ever wondered if your privacy is actually private?

If you are sending any sensitive data over the internet (including emails, passwords, payments), then you need to be secure; and one of the assured ways to do this is to only transmit sensitive data over websites that are secured with an SSL certificate. This automatically encrypts the information being sent and received between your device and the web server, preventing hackers from snooping into your data or intercepting your sensitive information as it passes through the internet.

What is an SSL?

SSL is a standard security protocol that establishes encrypted links between a server and a client, allowing sensitive data such as login details, social security numbers, credit card details and other credentials to be transmitted securely over the web.

Every browser can interact with secured servers on the web by making use of the SSL protocol. But the browser needs an SSL Certificate to be able to establish a secure connection. Many internet users now associate their online safety with the green padlock icon that symbolizes the existence of SSL certificates on websites. SSL secured sites also begin with ‘https’ rather than ‘http’.

Why is an SSL important?

SSL has come to be the pillar of internet security and as such it protects sensitive data as it is transmitted across the world wide web. It is pertinent to note that SSL is essential for every website, even if your site doesn’t deal with sensitive information like credit cards. It ensures privacy, security, and data reliability for your website, business, and user. The basic purpose of an SSL is to keep sensitive data encrypted so that only the projected receiver can use it. This protects you from identity thieves and hackers. Plus, SSL certificate also provides authentication. This ensures that the information being sent goes to the right server and not to a pretender trying to steal your information.

Beyond making a website more secure, why should a website have one?

Beginning in July 2018, Google Chrome will begin to mark websites as “not secure” if they are not using an SSL certificate.

On top of that, there have been several research studies performed that show Google is favoring SSL websites in the rankings over their non-SSL competitors. We expect this trend will continue to rise.

How do I know if I have an SSL certificate?

Open your website in any traditional web browser and look at the address bar. If the URL begins with https (instead of http) and there is a green padlock, then you’re all set. If not, your website probably doesn’t have an SSL certificate installed.

I don’t have an SSL. How do I get one?

Start by contacting your web host or asking your web consultant to do so. Some hosts provide SSL certificates for free – all you need to do is install it. Other hosts still require an annual fee for the low-end basic SSL certificates.

 

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