If your site asks for, or stores, any personal info, such as passwords, phone numbers, emails, addresses or even photos, then you should be seriously considering purchasing a SSL certificate which enables you to use a secure HTTPS connection to prevent hackers intercepting your customers' credit information, passwords and personal details.
SSL certificates can be purchased by our clients and are valid for one year.
Security has now become a big deal on websites. Hackers are constantly trying to gain access or intercept private details.
Google is cracking down on non-secure sites. Beginning in January 2017 (Chrome 56), Google Chrome will mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as Not Secure. as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.
How do I get a secure HTTPS connection?
- If your website is hosted with Action Web Design, email email@example.com and we will send an invoice for a SSL certificate.
- On receipt of payment, we install a RapidSSL certificate on your website for you, which will encrypt the data submitted through your site.
- It will display HTTPS:// in front of your website URL in the address bar, instead of HTTP:// and reassure visitors your site is secure.
- The SSL certificate lasts for one year.
Why do I need a SSL certificate and HTTPS?
- A SSL certificate ensures information is passed securely to the end user. A secure site is vital if your site uses logins or accepts credit card details
- When you purchase a SSL certificate, you are then running a HTTPS website. Running HTTPS means:
your website address will display https://www.
instead of http://www. .
- A little padlock will be displayed beside your web address at the top of the screen. Clicking on the padlock tells your visitor that it is a 'Secure Connection' (Firefox) and 'Your connection to this site is private' (Chrome).
- your Search Engine rankings will benefit as Google ranks HTTPS sites higher. Google has already started giving secure HTTPS pages a ranking boost in search results to secure HTTPS/SSL sites.
- After January 2017 your site will display a Not Secure message whenever the site collect passwords or credit cards.
- Many sites have already transitioned to HTTPS and the usage is increasing. This means that your competitors have the competitive edge over your business or organisation
- It is not just Chrome. Apple has already demanded that their IOS apps must use HTTPS connections before the end of 2017 and Facebook serves their 'Instant Articles' over HTTPS, even if the original publication doesn't use it. Firefox and Internet Explorer are not be far behind in pushing site-owners to secure their sites as part of a big push forward for security. Try Googling Firefox HTTPS for more details.
- Chrome is stepping up its war on the unencrypted web. Eventually, Google plans to label all HTTP pages as non-secure, and change the HTTP security indicator to the red triangle that they use for broken HTTPS.
Is https secure?
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.