HTTP vs. HTTPS and Why It Matters
With recent changes to Google Chrome, many clients are asking why their website is showing as “Not Secure.” Google Chrome is now showing all websites, regardless of if they are selling merchandise on their website, as “not secure” if they do not have an SSL certificate installed on their site.
What is SSL Certificate? And How it Works?
An SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a browser and a web server. This secure link ensures that all data passed between the browser and web server remains private and integral. In other words, an SSL certificate is your electronic passward.
If you don’t have the SSL certificate, a secure connection cannot be established, which means your business’ information will not be digitally connected to a cryptographic key.
Your SSL Certificate has following information:
- • Name of the SSL Certificate holder
- • A Serial number and expiration date
- • Copy of the SSL Certificate holder’s public key
- • Digital Signature of the certificate-issuing authority
Why are SSL Certificates Important?
Here are some of the reasons why you should have a SSL Certificate:
1. Gives Clients & Customers Peace of Mind
When you purchase a SSL certificate, your website and all of its links will change from HTTP to HTTPS. This will not effect an external links and all addresses will automatically be changed. In addition, your clients and potential customers may see additional assurances like a lock icon and/or green letters in the address bar. This indicates that your website is well-trusted and encryption is in use.
2. Protects Your Site From Cybercriminals
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. Recently, the black eye masked people have been refining malicious strains that are specifically designed to capture data while moving between destinations. (Told you, these people are clever!)
You surely can protect yourself from this mess by installing SSL certificates that offer a vital means of defending against transit-based hacks.
3. 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.
How Do I Get a SSL Certificate?
Easy! Call your hosting provider and tell them you would like to purchase an SSL certificate. SSL certificates can range from $50 – $100 annually, depending on your hosting provider – and they can generally install it for you.