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Google to show warnings on sites without SSL certificates

From January 2017 Google Chrome started warning users about unencrypted sites that collect passwords or credit card information. Since October 2017 the warning has now been extended to all sites that collect any information about customers, which includes contact information and mailing list forms. When users try to access the sites they could be faced with this warning image shown below.

Having an SSL certificate means that this message will not be displayed and users can trust their personal details are secure.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, it is a security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private.  The web server being the website you are visiting and the browser being the search facility you use to access the site  i.e. Google Chrome.

Why is SSL important?

SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so only the intended recipient can understand it. Information we send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer in order to get to the destination server.  Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate.

What does SSL mean for your customers?

For most customers daily life includes using online shopping, online invoicing, membership logins or contact forms, all potentially providing access to their DOB, address and credit card information for those who seek harm. With SSL certification visitors are comforted their data is protected from potential hackers and identity frauds who are unable to understand the data whilst in transfer.

When a visitor lands on your site they can see a lock icon in the URL area or a grey bar with green text ahead of the website URL that indicates your website is secured and safe to use.

SSL Certificates provide a visual indicator that your website and more importantly your company is legitimate, secure and trustworthy.

Talk to us today about getting your website SSL certified.