SSL (Secure Sockets Layer Protocol), was invented in 1994 to secure websites across the Internet. Since its development, we have seen this essential protocol experience numerous updates to ensure websites are receiving the best security available to protect a variety of details, such as; personal details, contact information and card details. Here’s a bit more info about SSL…
Why does my website Need SSL?
The reason for the ongoing updates and versions of SSL is to ensure security remains up-to-date for websites across the internet. All of these have at some point been deemed insecure; and so developments have been improved and now Google has decided to take the importance of SSL to the next level by announcing it will begin to mark non-HTTPS websites as ‘not secure.’
Google’s decision to recognise non-HTTPS websites as ‘not secure’ is a huge leap in their battle to push for ‘secure by default’ websites. This makes sense when security breaches are increasing online and websites are under threat. Some cases of security breaches this year involve huge companies such as Adidas, who announced an “unauthorised party” had apparently gained access to customer data on the US Adidas website. This is just an example on how crucial website security is for business owners online.
This surely puts Google’s decision in favour for all internet users who look to increase the security of their websites and protect their businesses. Some interesting facts regarding Google Chrome’s July update are as follows:
- “68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected.
- Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected.
- 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default.”
Overall, these updates and the ever-changing security developments such as SSL certificates will continue to ensure the internet can protect data much more efficiently; in other words, these changes will most definitely effect how we navigate the internet and how we operate websites, especially for business. As well as it being crucial for security purposes, it also has a range of benefits regarding SEO, website trust and increasing conversion for you website. People visiting a website can now rest assured that they are on a safe and legitimate website via the address bar at the top of your browser displaying a icon informing website visitors of its security and safety.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation made to protect private data of Europeans in IT systems. However, with regards to SSL, the good news is that placing website pages under HTTPS (SSL) means you’re meeting the requirements of GDPR for that part of data protection.
More on the topic of SSL certificates can be found across the internet; about the history, the changes and the benefits of having a website SSL certificate. Below we have attached a couple of useful links that explain the above post in further detail to give a better understanding of the benefits of SSL for your website!