In todays internet it seems like every day there’s a story about a malicious hacker, a serious data breach, or a “ransomware” attack. Security is becoming the most important issue when it comes to web design and development. Google, and others, have already taken steps to notify users of potentially harmful websites. Consider the security of your customer’s (and your own) information. Have a security (SSL) certificate installed on your website. SSL is the acronym for Secure Socket Layer. It does 3 things for your site.
- Transferred data is encrypted.
- Data, when being transferred, cannot be modified or corrupted without detection.
- Data will be authenticated to prove that the users are communicating with the intended website.
Google is now flagging sites that do not have a SSL certificate, and this will influence the search result rankings (SEO).
The URL of a site with a SSL certificate will show similar to “https://yoursite.com” rather than “http://yoursite.com” and the URL menu bar at the top of modern browsers will show some icon such as a lock. People will only interact with your website, download your content, buy from you, and share their information if they trust you.
The cost of a SSL Certificate for a single site is less than $100/year through the hosting companies. We can handle all of this for you when we set up your website.