SSL is the acronym for Secure Sockets Layer, and it secures information that is transferred between your hosted website and your visitor’s computer web browser.
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge among other browsers are now flagging websites which do not have an SSL certificate on their with a warning message “Not Secure”. In the future, it’s likely that web browsers will completely block sites which do not have a valid SSL certificate.
Additionally, Google does claim that websites which use HTTPS will have a small ranking benefit because of these security aspects.
An SSL certificate is a digital computer file that enables encryption of data. A simple analogy could be like using a key to lock and unlock your door. Similarly, SSL encryption is a key that lock and unlock the information over the internet. Each SSL session consist of two keys, a public key to encrypt the information and a private key to decrypt the information.
To check if your website has a valid SSL certificate, look at the address bar. A website with secured valid SSL certificate displays padlock icon. As an example, here’s our website (or just look up in the address bar to confirm for yourself!)
If an SSL certificate is not in use, you will see the warning “Not Secure” before the website address:
How does it work?
When you order an SSL certificate, you must go through a validation process set by an independent third party called a Certificate Authority (CA). Depending on the type of certificate, the CA verifies the identity of you and your organization. Once you have proved your identity, your website gets trust indicators assuring your integrity.
If you are not sure to check your website integrity or how to purchase and install an SSL certificate – please contact us on 1300 735 926 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.