All websites require an SSL certificate to avoid being flagged by the main search engines as “unsafe”.
The internet provides all of the information we use daily. From selling to buying, sending form submissions. Filling out surveys. Online security has become a necessity. Because there’s many people, programmers, engineers who have tremendous knowledge and no where to use it. So they create nefarious software that runs rampant on the web looking to steel your information, your email, your browser settings, your credit card.
Google requires its users to enjoy a secure internet experience. Earlier in 2016, Google announced it will flag all the unencrypted internet by the end of 2017.
By now, Google has flagged 2/3rd of the web as unsafe.
If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, it will display a ‘Not Secure’ in the URL bar.
When Do You need to Worry About SSL?
Modern versions of Chrome, the most widely used browser today, websites with any kind of text input will need an SSL certificate (the means any site with a contact form).
If you don’t implement SSL soon, your visitors will see a “Not Secure” warning on visiting your site. Or worse, experience a warning page, advising your visitors to accept they are about to enter an unsafe website.
What is an SSL certificate? How does it work?
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) establishes an encrypted link between a web server/website and a browser. Ensuring all data passed between the web server and your visitors browser remains private and secure.
As of today, without an SSL certificate, a secure connection cannot be established between your website and your visitors browser. This means your company information along with your visitors private information can be intercepted by a fault or exploit, essentially “hacked” via malicious code deliberately inserted into your website or the website server by means that are beyond the scope of this article.
We have a word for the illegal capture of data or the “shop lifting” of information = Cybercrime. And cybersecurity is an industry literally blowing up in demand for technicians who can build defense against the growing onslaught of web-based exploits vying for your products, services, credit card information, email.
Why Hosting With ParsonsHosting Is Safe
Your SSL protected website is monitored daily. We run proprietary software on your site and the server hosting your site. Our goal is to review and monitor the status of your website hourly. As I write this post, I have a window on my monitor displaying the status of your server. I/we can respond in an instant to any anomalies. The instant any file in our system is found to be infected, flawed or suspicious, we are notified instantly. We then quarantine the suspected file for further testing.
Your site is backed up monthly. Additional back-ups are available depending on your needs. We maintain a daily image of your website. Should your site ever become infected on our watch, we will restore your entire site at no additional charge. Guaranteed.
Hacked sites happen. We expect to get caught by a virus or a hacked site. It’s like a car accident where getting hit by another, irresponsible driver, is very possible. We have already implemented the protocols that ensure your downtime is minimal should your site be attacked.