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Importance of SSL Certificate for Your Website

Friday, March 02, 2018 by Kerry Lunn
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Beginning October 24, Google is making a major change that will impact the majority of small business websites. This likely includes your website.

After this date, all websites that do not have an SSL Certificate installed will be flagged as "Not Secure" when a visitor interacts with a form.

What is an SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology that ensures data is protected between a website server and a browser. The SSL encodes the data passed between the servers and browsers to ensure that the data remains private.

In the domain bar, you will have noticed a green padlock appearing next to most websites this is the indicator whether the website is protected or not. If you have seen a red padlock – you guessed it – the site you are on hasn’t an SSL.

Why Does My Website Need an SSL Certificate?

As security has become paramount around any data, it is now not just websites taken payment that will require an SSL certificate.

From late October 2017, Google will be penalising websites without an SSL certificate by displaying a message to all users warning them that the website they are about to view has an unsecure connection.

It is Google’s way of looking after their customers & visitors by setting an ultimatum that all websites should offer a secure and encrypted connection for its users.

Will My Site Be Affected?

Yes. Even though the update is focusing on forms, search bars and login panels, you would still ensure your website visitors do not see warnings being displayed before landing on your website – Thus we would highly suggest for you to get an SSL certificate for your website.

How Do I know If I Have One?

If you are unsure whether you have SSL installed and activated on your website, simply type your website address into a browser like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer and look for the green padlock.


Green padlock = good

Red padlock = bad.

Where Can I Get an SSL?

Gold Coast Design Studio offers SSL Certificates as part of our complete Web Hosting Package for an extra $80/year on top of your web hosting packages.


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