If you’ve recently browsed on-line, you’ll have no doubt come across warning messages such as ‘NOT SECURE’ on some of the sites you have visited. This is becoming more and more prevalent as the search engines such as Google strive to highlight the websites it deems as unsafe.
In essence, any interaction between visitor and website should be secure in order to protect the data from third party interference. Ensuring the domain name is prefixed https: (Hyper text transfer protocol secure) and having the green padlock device offers this protection and reassures users the website is secure.
Having an SSL certificate shows your visitors you have a trustworthy online presence and enables your visitors to securely use your contact forms, take online payments and store confidential data using your website.
An SSL certificate is a small data file that contains the encryption keys for a website. When a user visits a website, the browser asks that the server identifies itself. When the browser agrees that the server and the website are to be trusted, the browser opens up an encryption session.
Your website needs to be hosted with us and your nameservers pointed to our hosting. Then simply let us know that you require an SSL certificate installed on your site and we will both install it and secure your content.
As from October 2017, Google’s Chrome Browser will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text into a form on an HTTP page.
Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Edge all have introduced their warnings on non HTTPS site, and whilst Google and other lagre search engine won’t penalise you, potentially these warnings will scare people away from your site.
SSL certificate includes the recognised padlock symbol and the ‘https://’ prefix for URLs.