From October 2017, Google Chrome browser started showing a subtle message saying “your connection to this site is not secure” on all websites that are running without an SSL certificate. They also began showing warning messages when a user fills in a form on an insecure web page.
Update: From early July 2018, Google Chrome browser will start marking ALL sites without an SSL certificate as “not secure” and a warning flag will be displayed prominently in the browser.
Previously SSL certificates were only required for ecommerce websites that accepted online purchases and took users credit card details. But with website security more important than ever, Google has decided to “force” all website owners to add this extra level of security, or pay the price.
So it is crucial that if you own a website, you make the switch from http to https.
What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an encrypted protocol that provides a private and secure communication over the internet. These protocols are the industry standard security technology used to create an encrypted link between the web server and a browser. Typically, SSL provides client and server authentication, data encryption and integrity.
An SSL Certificate provides a number of benefits:
- Encrypted communications
- Provides authentication
- Protects against phishing
- Required for accepting payments
- Is becoming a ranking factor for SEO
- Improves trust and brand credibility
How Do I Tell If My Website is Secured?
Non-SSL-secured websites can be identified as their URL starts with http:// whereas secured websites start with https://. Secured sites also show a padlock icon in the URL bar.
If your website does not have an SSL certificate installed, do not panic. We can take care of the whole process and help you switch from http to https smoothly and affordably.
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