Tip 2: Stop playing Russian Roulette with your website security – get SSL & HTTPS in place
If reading is not your thing, you can access a video I made here:
So let’s start with why have an SSL? 77% of all cyber-criminal activity is directed at SME companies. An SSL is a first-line defence against those criminals, kind of like the locks on your car, home, office, etc. Not having an SSL in place, therefore, means that you have effectively left your house unlocked.
How do you get an SSL? Vendors like RecruiterWEB provide them as part of the all-inclusive service we offer our clients. If you have gone to any other kind of web developer, then you need to ask if SSL is part of the offering, and if not, get one added to your package.
What does an SSL cost? Anything from no cost to maybe £100. The market norm is around £10 to £50, and they give you different options. If your web developer can’t or won’t help, then ask your hosting company. If neither can help… change suppliers!
Can websites with SSL in place still get hacked? Yes, but it makes it harder for the general hacker.
OK, so I hear some say, “But you’re a tech geek! You geeks want it all your own way. It’s just a way to have us spend more money, right?” Wrong. Google has been asking for you to have SSL security for your websites for many years, and now if you don’t they will show your visitors images warning them your site is not safe and not to be trusted.
GDPR also gets in on the act, as do data protection laws. There is a blanket line in their wording about what is acceptable in terms of keeping data safe; it states “you must take all reasonable care/precautions”. So, much as your car insurance provider expects you not to leave the car on your drive, unlocked, with the keys in it, you need to have an SSL.
What users see if you have no SSL
Worst case, they see this:
Best case, they see this:
Please note I am Dyslexic, and in my form, I am blind to grammar, and sometimes I get my fors and fours, etc. backwards. I am not stupid – in fact, my IQ and EQ are both quite high. Please keep that in mind when you read my posts. Thanks.