If your website isn’t secure, Google Chrome, the world’s most used browser, will let your customers know. And how does Google do this? It checks for an SSL certificate.
What’s an SSL Certificate, I hear you ask? Well SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL creates a secure connection that transfers information between a web browser and the server.
Tech-speak alert: SSL works by using a cryptographic method to conceal your data. Ok, you’re not fluent in geek. Not a problem. Let’s try again in Plain English: SSL keeps your details safe from hackers. Do you have an e-commerce website? Does your site uses a form to ask for personal information? If you answered yes to any of these, SSL can stop your data from getting into the wrong hands.
Is your site secure?
How do you know if your site has an SSL certificate? If you do have one, you’ll see to the left of your URL (a fancy name for your web address) a small security icon.
But if your site doesn’t have SSL, you’ll see a small circle that has an ‘i’ in it. Click it. You’ll now see a message saying:
“Your connection to this site is not secure.”
“You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit cards) because it could be stolen by attackers.”
Oh, oh. That doesn’t sound good, does it? Bad news: it’s going to get worse. Websites that have non-secure pages are now labeled as ‘Not Secure’ in the URL bar:
If Chrome has concerns about the privacy of your website’s connection, you’ll see this howler of a message:
“Not secure warning in Chrome.”
How can I make my site secure in Google Chrome?
When you visit a site that utilises HTTPS, the website’s server is using an SSL
Certificate. You’ll notice a small locked padlock and message saying that the site is ‘Secure’. A little like this:
A roundup of the benefits of SSL:
- You don’t frighten off your visitors.
- It improves your Google ranking.
- You look professional.
- You gain trust from potential customers.
- You get more data in your Google Analytics report.
How do I get an SSL Certificate?
We can help you buy and set up an SSL certificate for your website. We’d love to help.
Our prices start from £29 +VAT per year.
So don’t scare your customers away! Call us on 0141 429 1356 to take action today.