SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
What is SSL/HTTPS?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the industry standard, security technology for establishing an encrypted connection between a web server, where your website is hosted and a browser. This connection ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and secure.
Google Chrome has recently started to explicitly label HTTP sites (websites without an SSL) as ‘not secure’. This means visitors will now see an alert if a page they are viewing is not considered safe.
This recent update is because any website that loads over a standard HTTP connection can be intercepted and personal details can be stolen. This scenario is unlikely, but it is still possible. In this first update Google Chrome will only mark pages that collect credit card information and passwords, but eventually all HTTP pages will appear as ‘not secure’.
Google search engine also use secure, encrypted connections as a ranking signal so they will also favour secure websites over those without SSL protection. This makes the update essential for security and search engine visibility reasons. It is not absolutely essential, but we strongly recommend that you update your website with a SSL Certificate.
A further update has also been planned by PayPal this year. As of June 2017 any website using e-commerce over the PayPal system that’s not connected via an encrypted SSL connection will no longer work. All transactions between the website and PayPal IPN will require an up to date SSL/HTTPS certificate.
Protect Your Website
With an up to date SSL certificate, data passed between your website and your visitors is fully encrypted and therefore safer. A “Lock” icon appears in the address bar of the browser, proving your connection is secure. This icon is there to instil user confidence and trust in your website. Only sites with SSL certificates will display this symbol of security.
What We Will Do
We have invested in a wide ranging network of security updates and SSL certificates, across our server network, in partnership with our security partner, Comodo.
We will add your domain name and any sub domain name to our security certificates on the server upon which your website is hosted. We will then update your main domain name and any sub domain names with a valid SSL certificate.
Each certificate will be valid for one year, in advance and renewable each year, thereafter.
Contact us for more, detailed information.