Does My Website Need a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate?
An SSL certificate creates an encrypted connection designed to protect sensitive information. You know you are on a website that has an SSL certificate when you see https:// in the URL bar.
We always recommend SSL certificates for websites that process financial transactions or collect personal information. This includes all e-commerce websites.
As of July 2018, the web browser Google Chrome will more prominently identify websites that do not have an SSL certificate. Visitors will now see the words “not secure” next to the URL of websites that do not have a properly configured SSL certificate.
Because this could act as a deterrent to anyone visiting a website using Google Chrome, we recommend that all websites have an SSL certificate, even if they do not process financial transactions, sell products or request personal information. Although Google Chrome is the only browser that is changing the way it handles websites without an SSL, we expect the rest (i.e. Safari, Firefox, Edge, etc.) to eventually follow suit.
If your website does not have an SSL certificate, don’t fret. The average cost of an SSL certificate is $75/year depending on the provider. You will need to re-new it annually. We can help you purchase an SSL certificate from a trusted provider and properly configure it for you as well.
We are offering our customers who are subscribing to our Ongoing Support complimentary SSL certificate configuration until July 15th. Simply e-mail or call us and we will walk you through the process of purchasing your certificate and then configure it on your website. If we did not build your website, or, if you are not subscribing to Ongoing Support, we will configure your SSL certificate for you at a reduced rate.
Have additional questions about an SSL certificate or websites in general? Feel free to call or e-mail us.