Why do I need an SSL Certificates for my website?

SSL Certificates – Why you need a SSL certificate in 2018

Google Chrome SSL not secure warningGoogle and their web browsing software called Google Chrome has started a new way of labeling website without SSL. By default Google Chrome has enabled warnings for any site without SSL Certificates. This means if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, it will display the words ‘Not Secure’ in the URL bar. See screen shot.

You might also see this warning. ‘Your connection is not private’. Attackers might be trying to steal your information.’ See screen shot.

Google Chrome “Not Secure” Warning!

SSL certificate chrome browser warning

I now recommend all my clients buy and install SSL Certificates. Why?

1. It Encrypts Sensitive Information 
The information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server or website hosting company server like WPE Engine or Go Daddy. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords or web forms information (Contact us or e-mail sign ups) if it is not encrypted. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes encrypted or unreadable to everyone except for your website server.

2. Green Lock = Secure: Ranks and looks better to website users
If your site has an SSL Certificates installed and set up properly you will see a green lock and the word ‘Secure’ in the in the URL bar before your website name. It will also show HTTPS which is the secure version of HTTP. See image of my website. This gives web users comfort that their information is safe and secure when transferred between the website and your hosting server.

SSL Certificates – Google chrome secure green lock

3. Google Chrome Dominates
Google Chrome web browser now has 58% of the browser Market Share Worldwide a.k.a. internet users. This also means SSL now helps with Google ranking and is an SEO best practice. Google ranks sites higher if they have SSL because they are trusted to protect Google Chrome users who visit your site. Hence, it’s really important to add an SSL certificated now, even if your not selling products or services online.

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.

If you need me to help purchase or install a SSL Certificates on your website please contact me via e-mail.

Another Resource: ‘How & Why to Make Your Website More Secure’
https://moz.com/blog/how-to-make-your-website-more-secure