Several months ago I wrote the post, “Do You Have An SSL Certificate? Do You Even Need One?”. The answer to that million dollar question is that if you collect payments or even email addresses then you will need to have one of these certificates.
WHAT IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE
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.
WHO NEEDS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
If your website collects payments or even email addresses then you will need an SSL Certificate. Below are the reasons that you could need an SSL Certificate for your website:
- If you take online payments
- Collect email addresses
- Concerned with website security
HOW DO I GET AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
The first thing you need to do is to contact your web hosting company and tell them you wish to purchase an SSL Certificate for your website. Ask them if they can install it for you. After the installation is complete then you will need to go into your WordPress dashboard and go to >PLUGINS>ADD NEW. In the search bar type in this: 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 changed everything over as well.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DON’T GET AN SSL CERTIFICATE IN TIME?
If you don’t have an SSL Certificate before the deadline then your site will be shown as “Insecure”. It will look like this:
When Do You Need To Have It?
The party line at Google is “around” January 31st. It will roll out the new look in the incognito browser first because people who use incognito expect a more secure experience. This is the first step of a staged rollout and once any bugs are addressed they will roll it out everywhere.
Want to get your site SSL Certified? Contact me! You buy the certificate and I’ll install it all for you!