Do I need an SSL certificate?
Those are the questions we look to answer today.
First, what is an SSL Certificate?
I am sure by now you have been browsing the website and you have seen a website that has HTTPS and websites that just have HTTP. If you use chrome to browse the internet, then chrome makes it more apparent than most browsers.
Here are the major browsers and how an SSL certificate website looks.
So this is how you identify if there is an SSL certificate on a website.
So what is an SSL certificate?
Your average certificate is 2048 bit. With processing power getting stronger and stronger it is necessary to keep breaking these encryptions extremely difficult. 2048 bit literally means a combination of 2048 0’s and 1’s in random order for each encryption. Which means there are 2^2048 available combinations.
The full number of the number of combinations is 32,317,006,071,311,007,300,714,876,688,669,951,960,444,102,669,715,484,032,130,345,427,524,655,138,867,890,893,197,201,411,522,913,463,688,717,960,921,898,019,494,119,559,150,490,921,095,088,152,386,448,283,120,630,877,367,300,996,091,750,197,750,389,652,106,796,057,638,384,067,568,276,792,218,642,619,756,161,838,094,338,476,170,470,581,645,852,036,305,042,887,575,891,541,065,808,607,552,399,123,930,385,521,914,333,389,668,342,420,684,974,786,564,569,494,856,176,035,326,322,058,077,805,659,331,026,192,708,460,314,150,258,592,864,177,116,725,943,603,718,461,857,357,598,351,152,301,645,904,403,697,613,233,287,231,227,125,684,710,820,209,725,157,101,726,931,323,469,678,542,580,656,697,935,045,997,268,352,998,638,215,525,166,389,437,335,543,602,135,433,229,604,645,318,478,604,952,148,193,555,853,611,059,596,230,656.
So it’s incredibly hard to break, if not impossible.
So when is this SSL used?
When you enter data into a website contact form that data has to go to the website owner. The website is on a server, so first, the data goes from the website front-end.
The place you just entered your information. To the server.
Then the server distributes that information. The typical distribution is putting it into an email service or using its own email service. Which makes it even more valuable to use G Suite for your email services. Which I explain in Should I use my own hosting service for my email service?
The communication between the website in your browser to the server is where the website SSL certificate really counts. That HTTPS is purely for this communication. From your browser to the web hosting server.
So when you enter your information it is then encrypted, sent across the internet and decrypted when it arrives at your server. Keeping your information safe.
Why do you need an SSL now?
Now it is very important for your website to have an SSL certificate. According to Googles recent security blog post. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.
Yes, that means if your website does not have an SSL certificate. It is still served over HTTP and not HTTPS. You are in for a rude awakening from chrome. Every visitor coming to your website will see a message like below.
Chrome accounted for 77.9 % of internet traffic.
Do I need an SSL certificate?
The answer yes. You need to have an SSL certificate. It is no longer an option. Unless you want the above image on your website for all your chrome visitors. Then yes you need an SSL certificate.
Go to your website, if you don’t see the lock symbol like the image above. Then you don’t have an SSL or it is not set up properly.
If you don’t have an SSL certificate on your website. You need to get an SSL certificate before July of this year. Giving you a matter of months until the update goes live. We offer hosting that includes SSL certificates and you can purchase directly or contact us and mention this blog post for a permanently discounted rate for hosting vs what’s on our website.
No matter what your hosting situation is. If you don’t have an SSL you need to get one by July or you may as well take your website down. Your traffic is certain to drop ~80%.
If you are still unsure if you have SSL or not. Then visit SSL Checker.
Put in your domain name, “domain.com”, it will give you your results.
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