Did you know about this significant change that could be affecting your website?
On January 21st 2017, Google Chrome released an update (56) that will warn visitors that browse on a website that is not protected with an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). When the visitor arrives on an unsecured site, a warning message will show in the browser stating “this website is not secure” (Maunder, 2017).
Did you know, that people using Google Chrome as their default browser is now as high as 50%!
What is a SSL Certificate?
An SSL certificate creates a secure link between a server and a client (most likely a website and a browser).
SSL allows sensitive data such as credit card numbers, login details and social security numbers to be passed on securely. Normally, data sent between browsers and web servers is sent as plain text, leaving you vulnerable to hackers.
When you are on a website with an SSL certificate the browser will show you by displaying a lock icon in the search bar. SSL-secure websites also begin with https, rather than http.
Why you may need an SSL
Many Internet users have general doubts about online security, and the new warning from Google Chrome could enhance that. An SSL certificate ensures your website visitors that the connection between their computer/device and your website is encrypted and secure.
You may have heard of phishing scams, where criminals intercept browser connections and steal private information such as usernames, and passwords. This is one of the many things that an SSL certificate can protect.
In 2014 Google representatives announced that HTTPS encrypted websites, could be rewarded with a boosted Google ranking! Hurrah!
If you would like to speak to us to discuss adding an SSL Certificate to your website, please get in touch!