You’ll be forgiven if you don’t know anything about SSL certificates or the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, but if you have a website, you really should spend the next few minutes reading this article and then take some action.
From October, when Google updates Chrome, its web browser, any webpage that has data fields that is still on an HTTP platform will be marked as ‘NOT SECURE’ in the address bar.
But let’s take a step back – how do you know if your webpage http or https? Go to Google and type your website address in the bar at the top. You can see the PPH website below is https and showing as secure.
The website below, and no, I’m not going to tell you who it belongs to, is not.
If this has terrified you because your website is showing ‘NOT SECURE’, don’t panic just yet as it’s really simple to sort this out. All you need is an SSL certificate to put things right.
As I’m probably still sounding a bit technical, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and it creates a safe connection for small businesses like yours to communicate with clients. These clients will look at information on your website, share information with you and buy your products or services.
One of the big SSL certificate providers has used the analogy of a windscreen on your car. This stops you get hit in the face with all the bugs and an SSL certificate is a shield to stop your customers getting hit by digital bugs.
Even though you may think your website is too small to be targeted, this is not true. All sizes of website get hacked, including small ones. Do you want to tell your clients that their data has been compromised and that your site could have infected their computer? Absolutely not.
By putting an SSL certificate in place, your site creates an encrypted connection in place and causes no interruption to the user. Chances are, if you’re already accepting payments through your website you’ll have an SSL certificate in place anyway as most merchants these days insist on it.
Give your website host or developer a call and ask them about how to get an SSL certificate set up on your website today or visit 123-Reg business partner page for more information and discounts on SSL certificates. After all, protecting your clients is paramount, along with protecting the reputation of your business.