Secure Websites and SSL Certificated Explained

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Have you ever noticed when you’re browsing on websites, that little padlock icon on the address bar? No? Well, Google wants to make your customers aware of it now.

Google is marking websites as insecure if they aren’t using a security certificate.

So, what is a security certificate? Well, an SSL certificate is that lock icon which protects your website’s data.

How does an SSL (secure sockets layer) work? It acts by automatically updating you from HTTP to HTTPS, which basically means it improves your security by encrypting your website information. This protects you and your customers from hackers as they wouldn’t be able to read any of the data if they managed to get in.

Before, Google’s announcement you used to be able to just have certificates on the pages where you have a shop or if your customers were able to put in personal details. Now, it’s all changed. Every page on your website needs to be secure, to gurantee that your customer’s are fully protected.

Potential clients will be on your website, and greeted with a warning. The alert would create a huge red flag in the customer’s minds when it comes to trusting your business. But don’t worry, you still have time to avoid this!

How can you tell if your businesses’ website is insecure? The easiest way of finding this out is if your domain starts with HTTP in the address bar. This means your website isn’t encrypted, making the code understandable if a hacker managed to sneak their way in.

So how do you get secure?

Feeling like you need to get secure? Good idea. If you’re feeling overwhelmed on where to start, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Creative Asset and we’ll let you know how we can help you.

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Anna Ewing