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Why Does Google Want Your Website To Have An SSL Certificate?

First of all, what is an SSL certificate?

Have ever visited a website and find their URLs star with ‘http:/’ or ‘https:/’ or sometimes with a green padlock at the side as well? If you have, then that’s the end result of an SSL certificate.

SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is essential to establish an encrypted link between yours and your visitor’s web browser to make sure that all the data shared between you two, are both secured and private. Subsequently, if your website has an unsecured HTTP connection, third-parties can easily snoop on any traffic’s data – this isn’t good because private information of your visitors like credit card numbers can go to the hands of third-parties.

Accordingly, starting from the Chrome version 62, a warning text will be shown if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate. “Not Secure” will be written in red text beside the ‘http:/’ and this is not good for your traffic – who would want to surf a website if a user can see that it’s not safe or secured to view your website?

So, why does Google wants you to have an SSL certificate?

  • To encrypt private information

Information that you send on the internet is passed on from one computer to another, in order to reach the server. All these computers can see even the most private information like credit card number, username, password, etc. If an SSL certificate is used, this information will be unreadable to all except the server you are sending the information to.

  • Reduces cybercriminal rates

Cybercrime occurs to websites with no SSL certificates. Cybercriminals are very clever in stealing information from the users – they can even capture date while it is moving between destinations.

  • Adds value to your brand

When you install SSL Certificates to your websites, palpable visuals or icon will be shown on your website and can assure your users that their information is traveling safely. With the customers knowing that they are safe with you, this can surely make them retain visiting your profile or avail your products and services.

What information does an SSL Certificate have?

  • Name of the holder

  • Serial number and expiration date

  • Certificate holder’s key ( copy )

  • A digital signature of the authority ( certificate-issuing )

How do you get an SSL Certificate?

Now that Google stated that they are going to force everyone to have an SSL certificate for their websites, you should acquire for one as soon as possible. We, Dow Group Business Solutions, a Web Design Company in Dubai and Lebanon can secure your website. We can issue and install SSL certificates for you through our hosting services and we can guarantee that the relevant information shared on your website will be encrypted and secured.

 

Sources:

https://www.scribendi.net/google-to-force-websites-to-use-https/

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-get-a-free-ssl-certificate-and-why-google-is-forcing-you-to

https://serverguy.com/security/google-forcing-ssl-certificate-websites/