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Why do browsers say my website is ‘Not Secure’?

By 6th September 2019 No Comments
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Website ‘Not Secure’ browser warning and how to fix it.

You may have noticed the above warning suddenly appearing when viewing certain websites, maybe even on your own website, and now you are probably asking yourself “why is my website suddenly not secure?”.  The answer is: all websites that don’t have a security (SSL) certificate installed will now cause many browsers to display this message.  This doesn’t actually mean that your website is any less secure than before browsers started showing the message, it is just that web companies (including Google) are giving all websites a gentle push into installing a certificate to ensure all web communications are secure and encrypted.

How does an SSL certificate work?

When a website has a certificate installed, all communications between the users browser and website server are encrypted, which basically means that anyone listening in on communications couldn’t decipher any details.  Which is essential for any sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, banking or personal information.  If a website doesn’t have a certificate installed, anyone listening in could get hold of information and misuse it.

Why don’t all websites have an SSL certificate as standard?

Once upon a time only websites that dealt with financial information or payment details had SSL installed.  This was mainly because of the cost and the speed of the connection which was slower.  However SSL certificates have become much more affordable (contact us for more info) and due to advances in technology the connection speed can actually be faster.

Do I actually need an SSL certificate on my website?

The simple answer is: YES!  As well as eliminating opportunities for cyber attacks on your website, since 2014 Google has been using SSL as part of their ranking algorithm, and although it won’t boost your site from page 15 to page 1 (this should be part of an overall SEO strategy) it may help give to you the edge.  Also it will help your customers to have more trust in your website, especially if your competitors aren’t using an SSL certificate on their websites.

How do I install an SSL certificate on my site?

We can do this for you for very little cost, and once it is done you can sit back and relax, knowing that all connections to your website will be totally secure.

How much does it cost?

We can supply SSL certificates from as little as 16p per day!

If you have any more questions about SSL certificates please contact us now.

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