Chrome 68: Why Your Website NEEDS an SSL Certificate - Sevaa Group

Website security should be one of your top priorities as a webmaster and/or business owner. It’s definitely important to users and even browsers. With the recent GDPR requirements, websites who do business with citizens from European Union (EU) countries must be compliant with the regulations. This means they have a responsibility to be up-front about collecting personal data, adhere to the users’ consent (if given), and protect that data from misuse.

 

What is an SSL certificate?

Even if you aren’t involved with EU citizens, your users still expect some level of security when they enter your website. By implementing an SSL certificate on your website, users can make transactions, enable permissions, and enter personal data using an HTTPS encryption. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. This certificate will establish a secure connection between the user’s computer and the server.

 

Why your website needs an SSL certificate

With the upcoming release of Chrome 68 this month, websites that don’t have an SSL certificate will be flagged as “Not Secure.”  Google is working towards making the Internet a safer place for users. According to the Google Security Blog:

  • 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

If you don’t have an SSL certificate on your website, users will notice that your website is marked as “Not secure” in their address bar.

Address bar example of website with and without an SSL certificate - the one without is marked "Not secure."
Source: Google Security Blog (http://bit.ly/2J2AOYq)

 

How do you get an SSL certificate?

Sevaa Group offers three levels of SSL certificates:

  1. Domain-verified: This certificate automatically renews each month and covers an unlimited number of subdomains and addon domains. 
  2. Organization-verified: This is a one-time certificate that requires manual renewal every year. 
  3. Extended verification: This certificate offers the highest level of authenticity. Your company’s name will appear in the user’s address bar, letting them know that your website is secure.

Simply choose which certificate you’d like, and we’ll install it for you. Fill out this form with your name, email address, and the certificate of your choosing, and we’ll be in touch about next steps.

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