Most people think of SSL for ecommerce websites only. In the past that has been somewhat true…but now ALL websites should include SSL.
Many websites you browse already have SSL, you can verify this by looking at your navigation bar above and if you see a padlock this means any data you transmit to the website will be secure. This would seem necessary if you have an ecommerce site (asking for credit card information) but what if your site doesn’t sell anything? Well it’s still important to have an SSL even if your site has a contact form. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is used to secure the data transmitted over the internet between your computer and the destination servers. This could be log-in passwords or your credit card information when you are purchasing something online and yes, even contact information entered into a contact form.
With an SSL certificate, any information that is transmitted becomes encrypted by inserting random characters into the original message making it unreadable to everyone except the intended server. This makes it nearly impossible for hackers to steal your information. If you have a website, especially an ecommerce site, SSL is a priority. It keeps your customers’ information safe, as well as their mind at ease knowing they are safely shopping on your website.
What if I don’t have an ecommerce site or a contact form?
Well now it’s a priority for ALL types of sites to have SSL, starting in 2017 Google will start labeling all websites that do not have SSL as “Not secure.” This could scare visitors to your site in thinking your site has been hacked. If you can’t see the padlock in the navigation bar then the site is not secure with SSL. You can also verify the “HTTP” is replaced with “HTTPS” in the URL. If you don’t, then the website is not secure.
How do I get an SSL added to my site?
You’re in luck!!! ODEZ Hosting offers SSL certificates at a low cost. They start at $49 per year and ODEZ can install the SSL on your site for free! Visit this webpage to purchase today and email us when you’re ready to install. It’s as easy as that!