A relentless spotlight has shone over the past few months on the importance of protecting the private data of a user. Taking steps towards online security has never been more timely between the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data mining scandal and moving to GDPR from the EU. That’s why Bayshore Solutions offers all of our website hosting customers HTTPS upgrades. Why are you going to invest in this process? There are a few reasons here…
Google Chrome Traffic Will Be Affected
Google is releasing version 68 of its Chrome web browser in July 2018. Version 68 will start displaying a “Not Secure” tag next to the website address in the address bar, along with a few other upgrades, for sites that are not HTTPS. Because Google Chrome accounts for 60% of all website traffic, it is likely that many of your customers will notice it.
SSL Certificates Are Highly Encouraged
HTTP is probably familiar to you – the acronym preceding your web address. The’S ‘ in HTTPS is simply a security addition (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). HTTPS is a way to encrypt data sent between your browser and a web server by your visitors. When users visit your site, it protects personal identifiable data and details such as names, emails, phone numbers, logins, and credit card data. It also protects against cyber attacks on your site.
In the past, only certain pages, such as checkout or those that would handle logins, credit card data, etc., required SSL (or certificate used to ensure HTTPS). But now, on all pages, a really secure website has the SSL certificate.
Your Search Ranking Will Improve
Having a secure website means protecting the internet data of users against being compromised by public WiFi networks. The familiar padlock icon and new “Secure” tag will appear in the address bar next to your website address for those secure sites. This small but resonant text and iconography builds confidence with visitors to your website. Increased customer trust leads to higher conversions
It is also essential to ensure that your website is HTTPS to optimize your website for search engines. Google started factoring in HTTPS as part of the overall website search ranking in 2014, meaning that HTTPS sites will have an advantage over unsafe older HTTP sites in search results.
Immortal Media Group can install and update your SSL for you!
If you are a client hosting Immortal Media Group, it is a multi – step process to migrate your site from HTTP to HTTPs.
To facilitate the encrypted connection, we will add a required SSL certificate to your website and create website owner trust. Then we will configure the website to redirect all traffic to use HTTPS automatically and audit the website for any hard-coded HTTP links, identifying any necessary content updates.
We’re going to submit a new sitemap to Google and Bing to “notify” them that your site is now secure and once this process is complete you’ll receive 30-day monitoring of the search engine ranking – so you can watch your site grow!
How can I sign up for an SSL?
Protect your website from cyber attacks and protect information from your customers. To secure your site today, please download our quick facts guide and FAQ, then contact us at 424 – 239 – 9478 or [email protected]