Security concerns are spreading far and wide and have reached the forefront of most everybody’s mind. Terms like antivirus or firewall are no longer strange vocabulary and are not only understood, but also used by the masses. Most people also understand that sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or address data, should be transmitted using a secure connection.

Secure connections are a combination of two protocols: HTTP and SSL/TLS. The latter are cryptographic protocols that encrypt network connections. The abbreviations translate into Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security. Taken together, HTTPS means that the ‘plain text’ communication of a website is encrypted to increase security. HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. 

Look at the top of this page. In the address bar, you’ll see “HTTPS”—that “S” signifies that we have a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, meaning your connection is secure. You should see one on any site that asks for personal data, especially payment information. Actually, these days, you should see one everywhere.

SSL certificates are important, especially if you’re running your own website. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a small blog or a full e-commerce site: you need an SSL certificate.

While it’s not a fabric flag, it is a warning displayed by Google Chrome. Any readers trying to visit a site which doesn’t have an SSL certificate will instead see a page alerting them that the connection isn’t private. Bear in mind that Google Chrome is the most popular mainstream browser. People like its interface and love that its largely very secure. For much of its life, Chrome has loaded encrypted pages with a padlock and green “Secure” message displayed.

Chrome won’t like your site without SSL; Google, as the search engine, won’t either.

It Doesn’t Cost Much

Adding an SSL certificate is an intimidating task, which is why smaller websites frequently don’t do it. And why others are happy to charge huge fees for a typical technical request. You must tread carefully because there’s always someone looking to exploit others, particularly when it comes to technology.

Most website will only need Basic SSL. Letshost will give all my clients and reduce rate of €70 per a year and here is more information for you on Basis SSL with LetsHost.ie .

Once the SSL cert is paid and in place there is a few plugins needed to complete the process the plugins needed are:

  • Really Simple SSL
  • Better Search Replace

If you need help completing the process, please call Sheena at 086 8683920.