If you still don’t have an SSL Certificate, Google Chrome will mark your website as ‘not secure’ in July 2018. Now is the time to get yours in the bag.

What is SSL anyway?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) enables a secure encrypted connection to be created between the web server (your hosting, where the website is stored) and the customer (their web browser). This is a vital security technology that helps to protect you and your customers against cyber crime, and secures sensitive data that is sent during the session, eg contact forms, logins etc.

So what’s changing?

For a while now Google Chrome and other web browsers have been giving web owners a few gentle nudges towards a better and more secure web, by encouraging the use of SSL certificates. Google Chrome have now made a definitively firmer nudge, more like a shove, with their latest changes arriving in Chrome 68. Starting in July 2018 all websites that are non-HTTPS (i.e. do not have an SSL Certificate installed) will be marked as ‘not secure’. This a pretty big change since websites that are currently non-HTTPS only get marked with a very small neutral coloured exclamation mark.

So maybe this is the end of non-HTTPS websites, Google certainly wants it to be and I don’t think it will be long before the other major web browsers start introducing equally firm changes. Owners of HTTPS websites are already enjoying the benefits of slightly improved Google Search Rankings, but based on this surge towards a more secure web, I wonder how long it will be before Google begin to penalise sites that don’t offer secure connections. Food for thought!

How do I get SSL for my website?

Well thankfully SSL is now easier and cheaper than ever. There are many types of SSL Certificate provided by a variety of certificate authorities, it is really important to get the appropriate certificate installed for your specific purpose. RiotSpace provide you an SSL certificate for free with even the most basic hosting package, starting at £10 per month.

Sometimes you may need to make a couple of changes to your website to ensure it fully supports your new HTTPS setup, these are usually fairly simple changes, but if you need a hand with it, then RiotSpace is here to help.

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