If you are surfing the web (hint: you’re on it now) then you’ll have started noticing that web browsers are getting more and more vocal about secured and unsecured sites. Most of the time you won’t be aware if you are on a secured site or an unsecured site but if you do any shopping on line then your browser will start blasting warnings at you if the site is a standard site and they start asking for credit card details. Equally they become almost hysterical if you browse to a site that used to have an SSL certificate but doesn’t anymore. Google flat out refuses to let you in without you having to click several times that you still want to go onto the website.
As a rule, you should never give out sensitive information on an unsecured website as it can be picked up by anyone who knows what they’re doing. Credit card details, passwords, date of birth and similar items are all considered sensitive information so you should make sure that the site you’re shopping on is secured. Google have a green Secure sign on the left hand side of any website address that is secured. You will also see a green lock symbol ( ) as well. If you don’t see that then either make sure that the site has a secured way of taking your payment information (Paypal, Worldpay, Sagepay, there are many out there) or call the shop and pay over the phone. Don’t be the person that gets a call from their bank asking if they’re in Laos at the moment.
Small businesses beware!
This year, it has become even more pressing to ensure that your website has the green Secure sign next to the URL. Google have been saying for the past 3 years that they will be prioritising secured sites over unsecured sites and now WordPress have gotten in on the act with CEO Matt Mullenweg saying that all WordPress sites will need to be HTTPS compliant by the end of the year in order to still receive all the updates that they roll out. This is the start of the end for whizzing through and setting up sites with little regard for the cyber security, it has to be a central part of any website these days. Most hosting providers are now getting on board with this trend and offering free SSL certificates as a part of their hosting package.
SSL for free!
A company has popped up recently called Let’s Encrypt, which offers free SSL certificates that work on a rolling three month basis. Your web person should be aware of them and be able to add it to your website. As I said before, many hosting companies are now including Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates as part of a standard hosting plan so it can be as simple as logging into your hosting provider and switching it on.
If you need any help getting SSL certificates installed then please give us a call on 01934 820854 and we’ll be happy to help you get secured online.