Secure your website, create customer trust
What is an SSL certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a global standard security technology that enables encrypted communication between a web browser and a web server. Everyone needs to understand that any information that is passed between web browser, over the network (home, work, coffee shops etc), and across to the destination web server, can be read, stolen or tampered with hackers and identity thieves.
SSL is utilized by millions of online businesses and individuals to decrease the risk of sensitive information (e.g., credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, emails, etc.) from being stolen. It exists to protect allows for a private “conversation” just between the two intended parties.
How SSL is established?
To create this secure connection, an SSL certificate (also referred to as a “digital certificate”) is installed on a web server and serves two functions:
- It authenticates the identity of the website (this guarantees visitors that they’re not on a fraudulent site)
- It encrypts the data that’s being transmitted.
Who needs an SSL Certificate?
Anything (including people, software, computers, and devices) who exchange sensitive information on any network, including the Internet and Web, needs to use SSL/TLS. Sensitive information includes things like credit card numbers, transactions or any other data that needs to be kept private.
How do I know my connection is SSL secured?
Although the encryption procedure is in practice invisible to the naked eye, there are visual cues that help clients understand that security is implemented. These are the tips:
Icon padlock. Closed lock – a symbol informs visitors that they are involved in secure transactions. This is a quick way to understand that communications private and protected. By clicking on the padlock, you can see the CA, the physical address of the web site, as well as the company name and other data.
HTTPS. Instead of the usual HTTP, HTTPS-protected sites display address bar in the browser. In addition, the address bar can also turn green to indicate that the website is secure. This is the case when you use the EV or Extended Validation certificate.
Seal. Typically, CAs offer Site Seal along with the certificate, and the Seal is a visual indicator that the site and all transactions are protected. Companies typically displayed Site Seal, to show that the sites are trusted and ensure secure transactions.
HTTPS and Google rankings
In February 2018, Google made an announcement regarding SSL certificates, also known as https. Google has been as early supporter of HTTPS and had pushed forward for HTTPS to be installed everywhere, ensuring HTTPS is in effect with Payment Card Industry Standards and the use of a secure SSL Certificate.
Google is saying that because a connection to a website via HTTPS encryption is more secure, they’ve been gradually marking pages where visitors information is transmitted, as “not secure.” This could be anything from a ecommerce checkout page to just a simple contact form. Starting soon, any form that accepts a user’s data will be marked as “not secure” on Chrome, if it’s not using HTTPS.
Recently Google has sent out emails to website owners warning them if they have a non-HTTPS website, then they have to adopt HTTPS before end of 2019 or they risk losing traffic and have a “NOT SECURE” notification pop-up on their website for Chrome users.
This means that customers will be made aware of the “Unsecured site” and your page will lose all ranking by those in your industry who are SSL verified.
SSL Certification from Digital Allies
Digital Allies have taken all necessary steps to include SSL certificates on their shared and dedicated servers. SSL Email Certificate and SSL firewall encryption is held for all data files on our servers.
Our SSL certificates are high quality using independent third party verification to ensure your site is genuine, safe and compliant before awarding your SSL certification.
Please feel free to contact us regarding setting up SSL certificate for your website, our team will be happy to assist you