What is HTTPS Anyway?
Please note that in October 2018, Google instituted a huge security change, mandatory for ALL websites, including yours!
EVERY website must now have an added layer of protection to satisfy their requirements to be a safe site. This is called an SSL Certificate.
What are SSL Certificates?
SSL Certificates provide secure, encrypted communications between a website and an internet browser. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords. Example pages include payment pages, online forms and login pages.
What happens if you don’t install the SSL Certificate on your site?
Well, a couple of things:
- Visitors to your site will be subject to a security message alerting them that your website is not properly protected. This may scare off potential customers since no one wants to be exposed to any cyber-nasty
- You may be, in fact, more vulnerable to cyber intrusions, so although they are forcing you to get that SDSL certification, it is a good thing. Like the polio vaccine, you know?
How can you tell if a site has an SSL certificate?
Look at the URL bar at the top of your page. If the web address starts with HTTP:// that is NOT good. If it starts with HTTPS:// that is good. See image below:
How to get this SSL Certificate?
Nothing is free, right?
You must purchase it from a resource that will give you instructions on how to install it. The annual costs range from $79 to (whatever the heck they can get). Also they may try to sell you additional services you don’t need. I went the easy, safe route and got mine from Godaddy. And they installed it. For an additional fee.
If this is clear as mud, always feel free to contact me!