Make your website SSL Certified
SSL Is Now a Requirement for All Websites, Are You Compliant?
As of July 24, 2018, the newest update in the Google Chrome browser, Chrome 68, started displaying a “Not Secure” warning next to a website’s url in the address bar if the website is not SSL secure. Safari and Firefox have also been warning users when they visit a website with no SSL since late 2017. VND is here to help as we offer multiple SSL options for your website. Not sure what SSL really is? Read more below.
What is SSL?
SSL is the security standard protocol that establishes encrypted links between web servers and browsers. Having this encrypted data increases the security that protects your website user’s information. This security is most important when users are entering personal information into your site.
When a website is SSL secured the website is loaded on a browser and the URL displays like this: https://www… If your website is NOT SSL certified, then the URL will not include the ‘s’ and the browser will display warning indicators like a triangle icon or can make the http:// text red. When your website has the SSL Certification your URL will have the “https” in green text.
Why is important to make your Website SSL Compliant?
- If your website is not SSL Compliant, your website will display warning indicators by browsers. These warnings can prevent visitors from going onto your website and using your services.
- The warning signs will alert the users to refrain from entering personal information at the risk of attackers stealing their data.
- Your website can be vulnerable to content corruption. Without the SSL security, attackers can hack into your website and upload malware and unwanted ads.
- SEO penalties. Google can lower your website ranking making your website appear at a lower position in a search result. This can also prevent users from visiting your website and using your services. You can read more in The New York Times’ What Chrome Means by ‘Not Secure’ article.
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How to Make Your Website SSL Certified
You must acquire an SSL certificate and install it on your website. You can also acquire a free SSL which is valid in most browsers but, they usually expire in 90 days, have no warranty and they don’t have a CA (Certificate Authority SSL) to validate them. VND offers you these three options:
- SSL Certificate Single Domain Self: Purchase of the SSL certificate (You will install it on your own).
- LetsEncrypt SSL Certificate: Purchase of the SSL certificate plus single installation by VND.
- SSL Certificate Single Domain Managed: Purchase of the SSL certificate, installation and yearly management by VND.
Having your website SSL certified is a requirement. Prevent your site visits from ever declining and secure your and your visitors’ information.
Is Google still marking your website as Not Secure even though the SSL has been installed? Learn how this could be happening due to Mixed Content in our next blog.