SSL certificates. What are they and why every website needs one!

For the past number of days, Google has begun rolling out updates of its Internet browser "Chrome" to version 68. There are a number of cool updates and improvements on version 67 but the most notable is the headline grabbing SSL cert issue. In a nutshell, if your website doesn't have an SSL cert, Chrome flags it as not secure. 

 This is what you want to see. If your site doesn't have an SSL certificate the green "Secure" becomes "Not secure".

This is what you want to see. If your site doesn't have an SSL certificate the green "Secure" becomes "Not secure".

Okay, backup, so what's an SSL certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and in its simplest form, it encrypts the data sent from a web server to the client.

What exactly does it allow me to do?

It allows you to process payments, transmit data such as that collected from contact forms on websites and any login details securely and safely preventing third parties from stealing that information of data which, obviously, would be bad news.

Ah, I'll take the chance, sure who would target my site?

You shouldn't take the chance at the best of times but with GDPR now firmly in place, everyone has the responsibility to protect and manage any data and information processed in the most secure way that they can, and an SSL certificate is now a must!

Shit! So how do I get one?

Don't panic, your current web hosting service should be able to provide you this and you can always drop us an email and we'll be happy to help you out. We're good like that!