Early last year, Google warned the world that it would start a process of “encouraging” website owners to improve the security of their websites essentially by “shaming” owners of sites that had not added Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL involves the use of encryption to “ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers,”according to SSL.com.
According to Motherboard in an article in January 2016, “…Google already signaled its preference for HTTPS websites when it called for HTTPS to be “everywhere” on the web during its 2014 I/O conference, and when it announced that it would rank encrypted sites higher in search results. But the internet giant is far from the only big player on the web pushing for more HTTPS. Mozilla and Apple have both indicated that they want more web encryption. And even the US government has taken important steps in that direction, requiring all .gov websites to be HTTPS by default before the end of this year.”
The WordPress security company, WordFence announced that beginning this month, Google would up the ante in their threat and that the latest versions of the Google Chrome browser would mark “any website that is not running HTTPS will have a message appear in the location bar that says ‘Not Secure’ on pages that collect passwords or credit cards.” This “marking” would expand over time with each new version of the Chrome browser to the point when eventually, all websites with our the HTTPS/SSL certificate would be mark “not secure.”
While we at jebswebs take website security very seriously, the problem with this situation is that the use of SSL does not come without cost. While there are some open source solutions, typically one has to pay an annual charge to some SSL certifying company to keep your credentials up to date.
Today we bit the bullet and installed SSL on the jebswebs website. We will also now offer this additional service to our clients at the pass-along price that out hosting partner, Maine Hosting Solutions is charging. Clients interested in adding SSL to your website may contact us to learn more about this an discuss pricing.
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