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Thanks to all the hype around websites being hacked and data being robbed that people all around the world are getting paranoid about website security. To add fuel to this fire Google’s latest update in its browser Chrome displays websites without SSL certificates as ‘unsafe’. If your website is your business tool, this ‘unsafe’ tag can potentially destroy your business.
How it all started?
The story starts with the entry of the hero – Google who largely single-handedly decides the online trends. So, Google announces in 2014 that HTTPS would be critical in deciding page ranking and calls everyone to opt for this encrypted security service. In 2016 Google adds a warning with pages not having HTTPS security and finally in 2017 hammers the final nail in the coffin by displaying a red warning in the browser asking users to be careful before entering as the website could steal personal information.
So, what is this security hype?
Apparently, NSA and other prying eyes have had the absolute pleasure of reading, copying even using all your personal and public information prior to the introduction of HTTPS, which is an encrypted security system. With more Snowden’s people are becoming more sensitive about privacy and show low to zero tolerance for their information being used. The recent Facebook fiasco of Cambridge Analytica is a proof of this fact. All this security mantra’s being chanted is to protect consumer information which varies from credit cards to favorite ice-cream.
The S stands for hope secure.
The only difference between secure and ‘unsafe’ websites is the presence and absence of ‘s’ respectively. Sounds too simplified, doesn’t it? There is more to it than meets the eye.
Is your website secure?
In order to check whether a website is secure or not just type the website’s URL in your browser and hit enter. If the URL automatically goes to https:// then it falls under the safe and secure category otherwise not.
Read in more detail about whether you should opt for https or not. If your website is not secure and you wish to install SSL encryption to make it secure let me know. I would be happy to guide you through the entire process for getting an SSL certification.