Starting in January of 2017, Google is going to start a crackdown on all sites that do not have SSL Certificate. They plan to mark sites who don’t have it with a big beside of the URL in the web browser. If you look up at the browser right now you will see a
According to DegiCert, Inc.com having an SSL Certificate means:
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client—typically a web server (website) and a browser; or a mail server and a mail client (e.g., Outlook).
SSL allows sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and login credentials to be transmitted securely. Normally, data sent between browsers and web servers is sent in plain text—leaving you vulnerable to eavesdropping. If an attacker is able to intercept all data being sent between a browser and a web server they can see and use that information.
I purchased mine a few months ago. It means that I can give my clients an extra layer of security when they purchase services or products from my website.
Do You Even Need One?
Anyone who is concerned with security should purchase one, but it is very important for websites that collect payments of any kind or even email addresses. I know that if I were considering purchasing a product or service and I saw an X it would make me feel as if the site wasn’t as secure as it could be. I would probably go elsewhere instead of risking my credit card information.
- If you take online payments
- Collect email addresses
- Concerned with website security
There are a couple of things you will need to do after your SSL is set up. The easiest way is to download a plugin called HTTPS: REDIRECTION. Once you have it downloaded and activated go to >Settings and in the “old URL” spot put in the (HTTP:Your URL) and in the “new URL” spot put in the new (HTTPS: Your URL) and hit save. That’s it. It will change everything over to the new address. I also went in and downloaded the “FIND & REPLACE” plugin and I entered the old (HTTP:Your URL) and the new (HTTPS: Your URL) and it will change everything over as well.
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