HTTPS & SSL – Secure your website

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HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol don’t worry you don’t need to remember that. Basically is the format used to send Websites from the server they live on to your computer. HTTPS is the same thing but the stands for Secure so the data sent from the web server to your customer and from your customer to the server is secure. Its as simple as that.

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and its what we use to make your website secure. A secure website will have an SSL Certificate. This is issued by a Security company and checked by your computer when visiting a website. This is how you know your on the real website and anything you do on the website is secure and can not be seen by hackers.

Its important to only type your information into secure websites. Any website asking for your email address, password or credit card information must be secure or you risk someone stealing your data.
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You can tell if a website is secure by looking at the address bar. In most browsers like Google Chrome it will say Secure in green but other browsers like Apples Safari will show a padlock.

The Brink Media website is Secure so if you look at the address bar now you can see what a secure website looks like on your computer.
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This example is from Google Chrome:

1. Shows a secure website with a valid SSL Certificate.

2. A normal website without an SSL Certificate, this website is not secure and you should not type any information into it. Eventually Google will update Chrome so these website so as “Not Secure” the same as number 3.

3. A insecure or dangerous website. This is a website Google sees as unsafe and you should not download anything or enter information into this website.
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Having a secure website for your business has a number of advantages.

First it show your clients they can trust you. Any information they enter on your website is safe and protected. If you take credit card information on your website you should already have a secure website.

Secure websites load faster, without getting to geeky HTTPS is a faster way to send data from the server to your customers computer. So they can spend less time waiting for your website to load.

Google likes it. Google have been pushing secure websites for a long time. They want us all to use secure websites and if you have a secure site it will help to improve your position in Google searches.

Protect clients data. With GDPR and other privacy changes in the UK if anyone enters any information on your website and its not secure that information can be stolen and you are responsible for the loss of data and can be fined.

Its Free and easy. There really is no reason for your website not to be secure. SSL Certificates can be issued for Free and work just as well as the ones you pay for. You can buy an SSL Certificate these tend to come with a warranty but in most cases we advice our clients that a Free SSL Certificate from a reputable source is all they need.
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If your website is not currently secure then simply contact the person who runs your website. All web design company’s can get you a SSL certificate and install it for you. It shouldn’t cost you much for their time and has lots of advantages.

We include SSL Certificates for Free to all our Web Design Clients and on the websites we host. So if your not in-contact with your web company or need a hand just give us a call and we will be happy to help.
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