Google will penalise all websites without an SSL Security Certificate labelling them ‘not secure’ from January 2017
Posted by admin on December 15, 2016
From January, websites displayed using the Google Chrome web browser which contain either a password or credit card form will be marked as 'not secure' unless equipped with an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate.
With so many high-profile Internet security breaches recently, the web is moving more and more towards extra measures to protect sensitive data. Google says it plans to carry this through for all sites without an SSL.
Not having an SSL will affect a website's Google rankings
From January, Google will begin ranking websites higher in search results if they have an SSL Certificate installed (signified by a small padlock icon in the browser address bar).
For companies reliant on any form of online marketing, this is of paramount importance:
Not having SSL certification will mean a website will lose its position on Google Search;
As Google has around 90% of the UK market, this could prove disastrous for businesses relying on SEO or Pay Per Click marketing.
So, what exactly is SSL?
SSL stands for 'Secure Socket Layer' and is used to encrypt data between your web browser and the server. Typically used on E-commerce and E-business websites to secure card transactions and to protect sensitive customer data, it is now recommended to have an SSL on every website.
What does an SSL do?
It adds a layer of security between your customers and your website;
It can increase customer-confidence;
It can increase conversion rates.
Website owners need to act now!
SEO Nuts will ensure an SSL Certificate works on every page of your site, not just the homepage or form pages. Contact us today for details.
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is the new set of regulations which are being set in place from 25th May 2018 which will affect the way that all businesses obtain, hold and use data they collect from the public.
From January, websites displayed using the Google Chrome web browser which contain either a password or credit card form will be marked as ‘non-secure’ unless equipped with an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate.
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