What is SSL
SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is an industry standard that is used by millions of websites to protect their online transactions with their customers. It establishes a digitally encrypted connection between a web server (host) and a web browser (client). This encrypted connection between the two, ensures that all the data passed between them is safe and secure and inaccessible by a third party.
How do I know a website is SSL secured?
There are several ways you can know a website is SSL secured.
- The most obvious is the https protocol in the domain name instead of http (but a website may have https and still not be fully secure)
- There may be a green padlock shown in the browser.
- Some browsers turn green where the domain name is listed
- Some use a site seal as proof of SSL security
What does SSL mean to website visitors?
A website that is SSL encrypted tells visitors that the website is secure and this instills confidence in the website. This is especially important if the user is being asked to input sensitive information, such as credit card info.
Most SSL Certificates contain the domain name, company name, address, city, state, and country. It also contains an expiration date of the certificate and the details of the Certificate Authority (the company who issued the SSL). When a browser attempts to establish an SSL connection to a website it checks to make sure the certificate is not expired, has been issued by a trusted authority, and is being used for the correct website. If any of these checks fails your web browser will display a warning letting the user know that the site is not secured by SSL. (Source: Inmotion Hosting)
Why we encourage our clients to use SSL certificates
Here at Yahjam Web Services, we now encourage all our clients to have SSL encryption on their websitess.
Apart from building trust with website visitors and securing the website against malicious attacks, there are a few other reasons we strongly advocate the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security.
Since August 2014, Google announced that having HTTPS/SSL encryption will give your site a minor ranking boost.
Google stepped up the attack on websites not using HTTPS/SSL in January, by marking HTTP login pages as "not secure" in a window next to the address bar. Unencrypted HTTP is particularly dangerous for login pages, as it could allow an attacker to intercept passwords as they travel across the network.
In the years to come, the team plans to warn Chrome users away from all sites served over unencrypted HTTP, beginning with Incognito mode "where users may have higher expectations of privacy." Planned changes include labeling all HTTP pages with the red triangle warning symbol, currently only used for irregularities in HTTPS. (Source: The Verge).
Why every website built from now on should use SSL
With the 'noose' expected to tighten even more in the future, it is advisable that all websites now use HTTPS/SSL encryption. With Google seeming set to keep up the pressure on unencrypted sites, we might just see this rewuirement moving from being a minor ranking signal to a more major one.
Here at Yahjam Web Services, we therefore recommend that all our clients utilize SSL. By the way, it costs less than $10 per year for a basic SSL certificate. It is more than worth the price.
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