Any computer between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, logins and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted. If you’re making a purchase or signing into a website that is not secure, you are at risk of hackers getting your personal information taken from you.
How do I know if a website is secure?
Have you ever noticed some URLs that start with “http://” while others start with “https://”? The extra “s” is the first indication that the website is secure and encrypted. The “s” also stands for SSL, which means Secure Sockets Layer.
SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private. – Hubspot
In Google Chrome, if you see the padlock icon in the URL bar with an “X” on it, be cautious of putting down any personal information in that website. That includes your credit card number!
Having an SSL certificate on your website builds trust and brand power. Your customers will see that your business’s encryption is in use and that their information is traveling safe. Without it can affect your SEO benefits and credibility.
How can I install SSL for my website
1. If you have your own hosting, the cost of SSL certificates vary. Contact your tech support to see if they can set this up for you.
2. If your website is built on WordPress, you can use the plugin that I use called Really Simple SSL. Purchasing your SSL certificate is just the first step. This plugin helps you install it across your all your WordPress content. There are premium versions available to help you install it across sites, and verify there are no warnings on your website. Premium versions run from $20 up to $145 for a full-service configuration and optimization of SSL.
3. Or…you can ask me! 🙂 I provide domain/hosting at my own server with free SSL included.