Chrome will soon flag unencrypted sites as insecure. Mozilla and others promise similar efforts.
In fact, beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will flag all HTTP sites as “not secure.” Chrome’s new interface will help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default. Also, according to Google, HTTPS is now a search engine ranking signal. Several other popular web browsers have also promised to ban insecure HTTP websites in favor of the more secure HTTPS protocol soon.
Mention the newsletter, and we’re offering a $25 discount to install an SSL certificate on your current site that will be good for a full year. Normally $100, call or contact us, and we’ll get you up and running for $75.00 – now through the end of April only.
This includes the SSL certificate as well as the installation to your site. If you need additional help with updating link references or other coding, we’ll be glad to review and estimate. Again, just give us a call!
Why Is SSL So Important?
We’re rapidly moving towards universal encryption. And for good reason. With older and insecure HTTP connections, third parties can snoop at the traffic passing between a web server and the browser to collect private data including email addresses, passwords as well as usernames and more.
As you may already know, SSL is certified code on your web server that provides security for online communications. When a web browser contacts your secured website, the SSL certificate enables an encrypted connection. It’s a bit like wrapping a package before sending it through the mail. Without it, web communications are subject to third party intrusions that have now become commonplace.
HTTP vs HTTPS
HTTPS, which stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, is the secure version of HTTP — the method of transporting data between a browser and websites. HTTPS not only encrypts the data but verifies the content source. HTTPS is important because SSL certificates must be verified and issued from a trusted source – giving users a high level of confidence that what they are downloading is really from the site they’re on. HTTPS prevents “man in the middle” attacks replacing non-secured content with viruses or other malicious code.
When the world consists of data, you want to know what you’re dealing with is safe. So – An SSL Certificate is not only important for protecting your website from intruders, but it also lets visitors know their information is safe on your website!
Once secure, you’ll need to update content link references and possibly some other related coding. Let us know if we can help!