Starting in January of 2017, Google started a crackdown on all sites that do not have SSL Certificate. They marked sites who didn’t have it with a:
Before the URL in the web browser.
This may confuse your site visitors who sign in to your website because they may interpret the message to indicate that your website has been compromised. They could also interpret the message to mean that your site has some underlying security issue other than being non-HTTPS.
If you don’t have an SSL Certificate OR you’ve set it up wrong your web browser will show this before your URL:
If you do have SSL Certificate that has been properly installed it will look like this:
and it gets even worse: If a person clicks on that little I within the circle they get this lovely drop-down.
This is not what you want your readers to see! If you collect any information from your clients, such as addresses, emails, or sell anything your site is going to look bogus and not very trustworthy. This is only the second phase of the process.
This is what they call a “gentle reminder” to get your certificate. The third phase looks like this:
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 back in January. 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 the images above 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 or even my email address.
- If you take online payments
- Collect email addresses, yes even for a newsletter!
- Concerned with web site 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.
You can hire me to do it for $49.99!