In September of 2016 Google announced that they would be working toward a more secure website experience for all users – corporate and consumer. To the consumer it will look like this.
Here’s a secure website. You see HTTPS in the URL browser bar.
Here are examples of the browser bar for a site that is not secure.
Website Security is Nothing New
In the summer of 2014 Google called for “HTTPS everywhere”. To encourage compliance they noted that they would use the security status of a website to determine SEO ranking. Though they did not rank this website feature heavily initially, they have since increased the SEO ranking value of this feature.
How Do I Secure My Website?
The security certificate requires that you identify your company name, city/state/country and website. Let’s Encrypt will then produce a certificate code that you assign to your website through your website dashboard. As of this post date, the certificate requires renewal every 90 days.
Website hosting companies call this SSL, Secure Socket Layer. SSL is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted secure data connection between a browser and the website hosting server. This ensures that all data passed between the browser and server remains private.
All website hosting companies provide an SSL option. GoDaddy.com prices range from $75 to $375 per year.
Digicert.com certificate price ranges from $139 to $475. SSLshopper.com offers this page for the "cheapest" certificates with a warning to "make sure you do your research".
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