Are you leaving your website unlocked? If your website has http:// instead of https:// at the beginning of the URL, the answer to this question is YES.

Do you leave your house and car unlocked do you? I hope not. Then why would you leave your website unlocked? By encrypting the connection between your website and your visitors you ensure intruders can’t steal or alter the information being sent and received!

What is SSL?

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the predecessor to Transport Layer Security (TLS). Nowadays, anytime someone refers to SSL they are actually referring to TLS, but for some reason the acronym “SSL” has stuck. In a nutshell, SSL/TLS is an encryption protocol that allows for secure communication over a computer network (or the Internet).

So Why Should You Care?

Without an SSL, anything sent to or from your server (i.e. your website) is free to be snooped, stolen, altered, and used for fraudulent purposes. Even if you’re not processing credit cards, chances are you’re using a contact form (you should be). You may even have to login to your website to make changes (e.g. WordPress). Don’t let hackers steal your emails, account passwords, or any other information for that matter.

BONUS: Faster Page Loads

Enabling SSL/TLS means you will also be able to speed up your website with HTTP/2. Did you know websites that take longer than 5 seconds to load see significantly less traffic than faster loading sites? Time is valuable and your visitors aren’t going to wait.

Secure Your Website Today!

If you could secure your website for less than $10 per YEAR, would you do it? Then why haven’t you?!? You can get a Comodo SSL/TLS certificate from NameCheap.com for just $9 per year! Your web host doesn’t want you to know this, buy you can buy your certificate from any certificate authority. You do not have to buy it from your host.

It’s time to get serious and turn up your security today. Don’t your visitors deserve it?

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Do you need help securing your website? Contact us today so we can secure it for you. Your site and your visitors’ security is at stake.