Spotlight on SSL

Secure your site with an SSL Certificate

You may have noticed whilst browsing on Google Chrome that, on some sites, you are being warned that the page is not secure. This is part of Googles mission to get all sites secure by default. And as part of this, it will ‘shame’ those sites that are insecure.

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If you’re collecting payments from your site, encryption is vital as it protects your data against interception. However, with this latest update, other site owners should consider moving to HTTPS too. With so many warnings about hacked companies, people should be more wary about the credibility of the sites they visit. Seeing a warning about security could drastically affect your sites ranking. After all, would you stay on a site where you’ve had a warning about the safety of a site?

The good news is that the fix is a relatively simple one. Purchasing an SSL certificate and installing on a web server secures your customers browsing. An SSL certificate is a small data file that binds an organisation to a domain name, server name or hostname.

You can purchase an SSL certificate via our Storefront: domains.gowerbiz.co.uk

Know the Terms

IT is often a complicated world of acronyms, stay in the know with our breakdown.

  • SSL = Secure Sockets Layer and uses encryption to secure data and information as it is transferred over a website.
  • Domain Name = this is the text you see in the top bar of a browser or as part of someone’s email. For example, our domain name is gowerbiz.co.uk. It is everything past the www or @.
  • Web Hosting = this is where your website files are held, it does not need to be in the same location as your domain. Similarly, having a domain does not mean you have a website. The files stored here control how your page is shown to the world.
  • Domain hosting = you will also need a host for your domain. Your domain contains DNS (domain name system) records that match names to IP addresses. So, you just need to remember a name rather than a bunch of numbers to access your favourite site.

Find out More

For further guidance on securing websites, see this guide from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/serve-websites-over-https-always

Want to learn more about DNS? Have a look at this in-depth post from Network World: https://www.networkworld.com/article/3268449/internet/what-is-dns-and-how-does-it-work.html