Why you need an SSL certificate on your website.

Why you need an SSL certificate on your website.
January 14, 2019 sunny

Don’t have an SSL Certificate? Google is going to flag your website as ‘Not Secure’!

We turn to the internet for everything. From selling to buying, it is the introduction of an E-world. With this dominating trend, online security has become a necessity.

Undoubtedly, Google loves its users and therefore, is coming up with every possible way to make us feel secure here on the internet. With its recent announcement, earlier this year, Google will flag all the unencrypted internet by the end of 2017.

Google will flag 2/3rd of the web as unsafe.

This means if your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, it will display a ‘Not Secure’ in the URL bar.

When Do You need to Worry About SSL?

Websites with any kind of text input will need an SSL certificate.

  1. Does your website takes text inputs in the form of login panels, contact forms, search bars, etc.
  2. Is your website on HTTP://?

If it’s a YES to both these questions, you need to install SSL to avoid any risks or warnings. If you don’t implement SSL, your visitors will see a “Not Secure” warning in Google Chrome on visiting your site.

What are some of the benefits?

1. Protection Against Hackers

HTTP is the text protocol which sends information between your device and the website you’re visiting. HTTPS is the secure version of this. It encrypts information between the two, so anything sent between the pair is scrambled, rendering it virtually unreadable.

This is essential if you’re inputting sensitive details like your password, or credit card info. But equally, it protects you from man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks: this is when a third party (i.e. a hacker) is intercepting transmissions between two clients.

You might not consider this a major issue. However, without encryption, a cybercriminal can display a fake webpage. Links on this false site could download something malicious onto your computer, like malware.

2. Chrome will display your website properly

While it’s not a fabric flag, it is a warning displayed by Google Chrome. Any readers trying to visit a site which doesn’t have an SSL certificate will instead see a page alerting them that the connection isn’t private.

Bear in mind that Google Chrome is the most popular mainstream browser. People like its interface and love that its largely very secure. For much of its life, Chrome has loaded encrypted pages with a padlock and green “Secure” message displayed.

In 2018, Google switched its stance on the issue. Instead of viewing HTTP as the standard model for sites, Chrome will expect HTTPS as default and only show non-secure sites reluctantly, i.e. after warning users it’s not safe.

We expect other browsers to follow suit.

3. Improved Search Engine Rankings

We’ve established that Chrome won’t like your site without SSL; Google, as the search engine, won’t either.

Many rely on search engine optimization (SEO) to achieve a higher ranking on Google. But search for anything, and the chances are the vast majority of results on the first page will have HTTPS addresses. Ask any SEO experts, and they’ll tell you that it’s vital for sites to be on the first two pages of results. Comparatively few look beyond that.

Anything (legal) you can do to stay ahead of the competition – particularly by prioritising security –is crucial.

With an SSL Certificate, not only will readers trust you more, but search engines will too. This results in more readers, and the more popular your blog becomes, the higher it’ll rank on Google! It’s a win-win.

What should you do? Next steps.

Step 1:

Contact your Web Host and purchase an SSL certificate for your website.

Step 2:

Contact Taffy Design and let us know once the SSL is activated – this should take less than 24 hours.

Step 3:

Taffy Design will execute our Standard WordPress Maintenance Package and install and configure a complementary SSL plugin.

Step 4:

Once the SSL is configured, Taffy Design will re-submit your website to Google and Bing search engines.

All done! Your website will be secure & trustworthy with better SEO performance.