What is SSL and Why is it Important?

Published on 30th December, 2016 by Darren Bond

The Internet is constantly evolving, and as it continues to do so the sophistication and prevalence of hacking and cyber crimes, unfortunately, follow suit.

Users are often concerned that the information they are submitting to a website is not secure, and with security breaches being commonplace in the news, it’s never been more important to show you’re committed to protecting the information shared between you and your customers.

Google Chrome SSL Security
Recently, web browsers such as Google Chrome are pushing for a new level of security by telling visitors if the website they are viewing is secure or not by checking for the existence of an SSL certificate.

An SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) serves two purposes: it encrypts the data being sent between the computer and the server to make it impossible for a third party to intercept, and it authenticates the website to ensure you’re sending data to the correct server.

Google have been ranking SSL protected websites above those that aren’t since late 2014, and recently WordPress, the world’s most popular CMS, announced they will begin to enable features that would only be available to SSL enabled websites.

In most cases, a good quality SSL certificate can be installed by your web host or web developer within approximately an hour for around £100+vat per year.

We highly recommend all website owners consider installing an SSL certificate; something we do as standard with all websites developed and hosted by MSGD.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us and we will be happy to advise what’s best for you and your website.

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