Starting in January 2017 Google is going to show website visitors a big warning that the site is not secure if it doesn’t have an SSL certificate. This can turn people away from visiting sites that do not have https in the address. Read Google’s announcement: Moving towards a more secure web.
Eventually, Google is planning to label all HTTP pages as Not Secure, and change the HTTP security indicator to a red triangle warning sign.
Starting in January 2017, Google Chrome browser will start flagging some unencrypted sites as plain old “Not Secure.”
1. What is SSL and HTTPS?
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 (your website) and browsers remain private and integral.
To be able to create an SSL connection a web server requires an SSL Certificate. When you choose to activate SSL on your web server you will be required to verify your identity and that you own the website. Some SSL certificates require more verifications.
How do I recognize secure and not secure websites?
Secured websites with valid SSL certificates are prefixed with https and a green padlock.
Not secure websites do not have https in front of the url and a green padlock. Google Chrome browser will start flagging these websites as “Not Secure” (see picture above).
Example of a Secure Site with SSL Certificate
You can view the SSL certificate of a secure site by clicking on the green padlock. What you see depends on the web browser you use, but all of them will tell you if the connection is secure and show you the certificate.
2. Should I Get SSL for my Website?
Yes, you should get SSL and as soon as possible.
By getting SSL, you will sleep better knowing that the connection between your website and your visitors is secure and encrypted. Getting SSL also means that your visitors will see a green padlock and not a red triangle with “Not Secure” warning that may turn them away from your website.
3. So, what should I do about it?
The easiest solution is to get SSL from your host. Some hosts offer free and paid SSL options so first check your options with your host.
Here are links to few popular hosting companies:
Some hosts will allow you to install a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. Check with your host.
The important thing is that you do indeed get one.
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