I attended a digital government summit yesterday and the theme was digital security. No doubt you have been following the news on hacks, malware and other kinds of digital security issues. Well, the federal and state governments, which are vulnerable targets, are taking this very seriously.
One of the recommendations being shared at this meeting revolved around protecting state and federal digital assets from probes and malware. These experts indicated that part of the plan was to “lock down” government equipment from accessing content on websites that did not have a security feature called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). You can recognize these websites because when go visit them, your browser usually shows the image of a small “lock” up in the address bar indicating this website is secure. Prior to this SSL was seen only on websites that involved the handling of sensitive data and financial transactions. But this is about to change.
When this “lock down” is implemented by federal and state government, your website will be no longer be accessible to people using this government owned equipment. That includes state and federal employees, state museums and libraries (which often offer free access to the public), government laboratories and research facilities and likely state universities and public schools
So, the time has come that all websites need to have SSL installed.
Maine Hosting Solutions, my hosting partner, offers the SSL for an additional $5.95 per month or $67.08 per year. I have made the decision that all new hosting plans sold through jebswebs will include this into the cost.
For my current customers, I have offered this as an extra. But we have gotten to the point that all my customers must have SSL on their sites.
All jebswebs’ customers whose renewal date comes after December 31, 2017 will see this increase in their annual hosting bill.
If you wish to move your hosting to another provider, I will be happy to assist with this move.
As usual, if you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me.