Business owners, is your website secure? Do your customer’s have to worry about hackers stealing their credit card information or their personal information on your website?
Here’s how to check…Open up Google Chrome and many other search engines, is there a padlock right before your domain name? You can also verify your sites security by identifying that there is an S on the end of HTTP in your web address bar. The HTTPS protocol signifies that your site is secure.
SSL helps to protect sensitive information, such as customer contact details and credit card details. SSL certificates also protect consumers from phishing sites, which are an almost perfect replica of an original, authentic site that employs techniques to lure unsuspecting consumers into providing their sensitive information.
As people become more Internet security savvy, they will most certainly opt to only use sites that are identified as secured sites. Google search engine is expediting the process of increasing consumer awareness, as they now prominently identify sites that are not secure. It is difficult and impossible for fake sites to acquire SSL certificates and when customers are warned of the absence of SSL certificate, they will avoid falling prey to these fake sites.
The main function of an SSL certificate is to encrypt the information that’s submitted via your website in a way that only the actual recipient of the data can utilize it. If your website is secured with SSL certificate and web URL starts with a secure HTTPS protocol, then you will get the ranking advantage in search engines. What this means is that when customers search for your business or web page or a product or service similar to what you offer, your website can be seen in search engines. Furthermore, not having a secured site looks unprofessional to consumers.
More than anything, websites that take donations and handle customer’s payments and financial information are in violation of mandatory PCI security standards for accepting payment cards. Small business owners aren’t the only organizations that ignore the importance of having a secured site. Recently, a client contacted me who was concerned about the legitimacy of the Ohio Supreme Court’s site, because the site was listed as unsecured. My client was concerned because the court takes filing fees online. He was right to be concerned. Without having a secured site, his credit card information is susceptible to hackers.
SSL certificates are reasonably priced, and the security of your client’s data and information is important enough that you should want to protect it. Staying abreast of technology changes is important. Even as SSL certificates are currently required for a site to be recognized as secured, we will continue to keep you update on changing technology.
How can I get an SSL certificate?
At this point, you are likely asking, “How can I get an SSL certificate?”
Well, I’m glad you asked. As a website owner, it’s your responsibility to set up a secure environment for your visitors and customers; therefore you should purchase an SSL certificate from a trusted certificate authority.
Our tech support is available 24 hours per day; 7 days a week to help you install your certificate. If you are in need of a technical consultant to install your certificate for you, contact our Tech2Go consultants. We can install your certificate on your site in under two hours. Once you purchase our Tech2Go service we will reach out via email to schedule a tech to call you.