Secure Your Website With SSL

THE TIME TO SECURE YOUR WEBSITE WITH SSL OR A HTTPS WEBSITE ADDRESS HEADING IS UPON US!

 Hello FocusArts Web Clients,

STARTING JULY 1, GOOGLE CHROME TO FLAG SITES WITHOUT SSL CERTIFICATES AND HTTPS AS INSECURE

Google made clear its intentions to formally mark websites lacking SSL Certificates (the certificate which once installed on the website results in an HTTPS secure URL string) as insecure.

Sites that remain on the HTTP non-secure protocol will be flagged with a warning in the URL bar of the surfer’s browser. The non-secure flag will be built into the release of Chrome 68, which will be ready for download in early July.

Here’s an example, as posted per Google, of the URL optics between HTTP and HTTPS encryption websites:

It is possible that the flag could stand out by use of the color red.

Google followed up this by stating that the web’s transition to HTTPS, which is also identified as “making the web safer,” by disclosing numbers supporting HTTPS growth and scale.

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

HTTPS encryption growth shows that most site owners are taking Google’s warnings seriously.

However, it remains that a large group of site owners has been less than motivated to make the change.

This adaptive lag is likely a result of confusion over what HTTPS encryption is, the annual cost associated with HTTPS encryption maintenance, and general lack of knowledge.

 

WHAT IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?

An SSL certificate is a security certificate that once installed on a web server activates a secure connection between the browser the surfer is viewing the content on and the web server that the content is derived from initially.

The website’s URL protocol will change from HTTP to HTTPS. Currently, a security padlock will also be present in the URL as a way to further signal the status of the website’s Google SSL certificate.

SSL certificates help the web cut down on instances of cybercrime that are often performed through security loopholes in web browsers.

If the connection between the surfer’s web browser and web server are not secure through an SSL connection, a moderately skilled hacker could seize information, such as credit card numbers, as it is being typed into a form on an unsecured website.

Non HTTPS websites will undoubtedly be exposed to the risk of lost search rankings and overall, less traffic.

Why are Google SSL Requirements Important?

  • Establishes Trust and Builds Brand Power
  • Provides Encryption of Sensitive Information
  • Provides Authentication

 

SSL Cost:

Does Google sell SSL Certificates? No.

An SSL Certificate needed to convert your site to HTTPS can cost around $70 annually. The easiest place to buy one is with your website host or webmaster.

We at FocusArts.com offer a simple inexpensive program that will get your site in compliance with the Google Gods for $49.95 with a $49.95 annual renewal.

If you have multiple sites, you will need to purchase a program for each of the websites you want secured and encrypted.

Once we start, the Installation and Testing takes 1-2 hours but may take up to 24 hours to migrate across the Internet. You will not have any downtime for your website.

If you would like to get in compliance by securing your website, click the link below to make payment.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Jim Fulp
FocusArts.com
575.556.9525
mobile: 575.202.5541

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