Are you ready for the big Google Chrome update?
You may have heard the terms SSL Certificate or HTTPS. If you haven’t, you’ve probably seen a closed/locked padlock (green in Chrome and Firefox, gray in Safari) or an open/unlocked padlock (gray in all browsers). If you haven’t noticed these padlocks, look up above in your browser, in the address bar. If you see a gray and unlocked padlock, you’re on an insecure website. If it’s green or gray and locked, you’re on a secure website.
If you don’t have an SSL Certificate on your site, Google is going to flag your website!
Google loves its users and therefore, is coming up with every possible way to make us feel secure here on the internet. With its recent announcement, earlier this year, Google will flag all websites that don’t have an SSL Certificate starting this July 2018.
What does all of this mean for me as a website visitor and website owner?
When you see the locked padlock, like the image above, that means the website is using a secure connection. You will see HTTPS (which stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) in front of the URL instead of HTTP.
When you see an unlocked padlock, that means the website is using an insecure connection. The unlocked padlock doesn’t always mean the entire website’s connection is insecure, because only some areas may not have configured just yet.
Why is an SSL Certificate important?
It used to be that you only needed an SSL certificate on your website if you collected sensitive personal or financial information. But now, all websites should have one whether you collect sensitive data or not.
- When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.
- Having an SSL certificate shows your visitors that you are a safe and trustworthywebsite and business.
- It complies with Google’s rules. If Google thinks your site is not secure, it will alert (and usually scare off) visitors. The result? They click away from your website, which is the exact opposite of what you want them to do.
I'm ready to protect my investment...How do I get started?
As a web-hosting client of Monica Made It, I am offering a special offer on SSL Certificates so that we can get your site secured as soon as possible.
The big names in the industry, like GoDaddy or Verisign, offer SSL Certificates that go up to $300 or more. But as a current hosting client of Monica Made It, I have a limited time offer that includes 1 year of SSL certificate and installation for only $125. After the 1 year, your annual cost is $149 to keep your website secure.
You can have your SSL certificate set up by Monica Made It for much less than the regular price, and in less than 24 hours to ensure that your site is secure as quickly as possible! Since your website was built using WordPress, after the SSL Certificate is installed on the server, I will update your website pages to all show as https, and resubmit your website to Google.