Don’t have an SSL Certificate? Google is going to flag your website as not safe.
We turn to the internet for everything. From selling to buying,
With this dominating trend, online security has become a necessity.
Undoubtedly, Google loves its users and therefore, is coming up with every possible way to make us feel secure here on the internet.
With its recent announcement, earlier this year, Google will flag all the unencrypted internet by the end of 2017.
Google will flag 2/3rd of the web as unsafe.
This means if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, it will display a ‘Not Secure’ in the URL bar.
When Do You Need to Worry About SSL?
With Chrome version 62 being released, websites with any kind of text input will need an SSL certificate.
- Does your website take text inputs in the form of login panels, contact forms, search bars, etc?
- Is your website on HTTP://?
If it’s a YES to both these questions, you need to install SSL to avoid any risks or warnings.
If you don’t implement SSL soon, your visitors will see a “Not Secure” warning on visiting your site. This will cause many users to avoid visiting your website.
What is an SSL Certificate? And How it Works?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.
This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
If you don’t have the SSL certificate, a secure connection cannot be established, which means, your company information will not be digitally connected to a cryptographic key.
SSL Certificate has the following information:
- Name of the holder
- Serial number and expiration date
- Copy of the certificate holder’s public key
- Digital Signature of the certificate-issuing authority
Why are SSL Certificates Critical?
Here are some of the reasons to have SSL Certificates:
1. Encrypts Sensitive Information
The information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server.
Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted.
When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to.
2. Protects You From Cybercriminals
According to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybersecurity damages will cost the world over $6 trillion annually by 2021.
It is impossible to escape the rising tide of cybercrime if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate.
They will identify weakness(es) in your network…mostly when information is transmitted.
You surely can protect yourself from this mess by installing SSL certificates that offer a vital means of defending against transit-based hacks.
3. Builds Trust & Brand Power
With SSL certificates, your customers will see visuals like lock icon and green address bar that indicates well-trusted encryption is in use. Well, if I as a customer will see that on your website, I will be assured that my information is traveling safe.
Before Google flags your website, secure it today with SSL Certificates.
And it is not only for Google, visitors also trust the secure sites.
Is Google requiring SSL?
Yes. Google is pushing web owners to implement an SSL certificate on their websites. The aim of Google is to become a trusted Search Engine. To do that, Google has to show only secure websites in the search results. That’s why Google is giving a rank push to HTTPS sites.
Do I need SSL?
If you have a website that stores information of visitors, you need an SSL certificate on your site. Without SSL, the data transfers in text format which is an insecure way of sending data. While SSL protects the data by wrapping it in an encrypted layer.
Does Google sell SSL certificates?
NO. Google does not sell SSL certificates. But SSL certificates are easily available on the Internet (for free and paid).
How do I get SSL?
Contact Computer Quest, LLC today and we can help get your website on a new SSL certificate. Our team can also help you with your website design, hosting & security needs.