2018 is the year of SSL and website security. If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate then Google will flag it as potentially harmful and insecure. This could be disastrous for your web traffic, your reach and your brand.
What is SSL?
We use SSL to keep information encrypted over the internet so that only you and intended recipient can understand it. This is important because your information gets passed between computers, things like your Credit Card information, telephone numbers or personal messages. Privacy is key! When we use an SSL certificate, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects the information from evil hackers and identity thieves.
SSL provides trust. That little green lock icon in the address bar above. That means a website has an SSL certificate and the information you pass to it will be secure. Eventually, Chrome will show a Not Secure warning for all pages served over HTTP, regardless of whether or not the page contains sensitive input fields. You should plan to migrate your site to use HTTPS for all pages before October this year.
Where can I get an SSL certificate for my website?
There are hundreds of sources for certificates, some free, some paid. It depends on your needs and of course your budget. If you want a free SSL head over to Let’s Encrypt dot org. SSL certificates here are valid for 3 months and you can renew them for free too. It’s just a bit of a pain for website owners to do this regularly, so you may prefer a paid option which can issue certificates for 1 to 3 years. Do you want to register just your main website? Or your main website and your sub domains?.. Then you may need a WILDCARD certificate which will secure all your sites under your domain.
My site isn’t HTTPS – what do I do?
I recently added SSL to this site. I only needed one for my blog and was pleased to find out that my domain registrar and host NameCheap has super awesome deals on SSLs and make is really easy to implement on your website.