As we discussed in our previous blog post, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Essentially it is used to ensure that personal and sensitive information such as bank details, usernames and passwords, address etc. are not stolen or hacked.
You can tell if a site has an SSL installed by seeing if they have the padlock symbol to the left of the URL in the search bar. It will also mean their URL prefix will be ‘https’ instead of ‘http’.
If you do not have one, a warning ‘i’ symbol will appear instead of the green padlock, to warn users that your site may not be secure.
In addition to the site being flagged as unsecure by the symbol in the URL bar, you also face the risk of being demoted in the search results by Google. Google themselves released a statement earlier this year based around how security is their top priority and therefore sites with higher security will be favoured in their search results. You can read the full statement here.
In the short term, you will see no change in the functionality of your site. However, aside from missing out on the advantages listed above and Google flagging your site as unsecure, you will eventually start to lose functionalities as more SSL-focused updates come out.
There is no need to panic; getting an SSL certificate is a fairly simple and quick process which we can manage for you. There will be no change to your hosting fees however we will require an initial payment of £160 to set this up for you, then an ongoing £100 per annum starting from year two.
If you are already a client of ours, we require no extra information for you and can get the process going straight away if you require. If your website is not currently with us we can still act quickly however will just need to gather some information from you first. Get in touch to find out more and discuss what your next steps should be.
There are three different levels available to you depending on your requirements; generic, named and validated. For a full breakdown of what these mean and to find out more about getting an SSL certificate for your website, please call me directly on 01234 779 054 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.