Firstly what is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. Its standard security technology for encrypting information sent between the website and a visitor’s web browser. Basically it’s the widget that makes a padlock appear in your browser bar. You can now get this technology free with Windows hosting packages from Netcetera.
Do I need one and why?
If you own or run a website the simple answer is YES.
Search engines are always looking for sites that secure sensitive data and make the web a safer place for their users, and Google is a driving force behind this notion. Google have recently announced that they will be using SSL secured websites as a preferred ranking indicator. This means that sites which are SSL protected will receive an extra boost up the list in search engine results.
In addition, later this year, users of Google’s Chrome browser will begin to receive Google search results warning of any links to non-SSL enabled websites. This means that even if your website currently ranks well in Google, if your site is not SSL enabled your search result will have a “non-secure” warning next to it, implying to any potential visitors that the site is not secure.
With Windows Website Hosting starting from only £2.99 per month with FREE SSL, is it really not worth making the move to a more secure reliable hosting company.
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