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Keeping Your Website Secure in 2018

Ryan Bryant on June 11, 2018

Keeping Your Website Secure in 2018
You may have never heard of an SSL certificate, but I’m sure you’ve seen one in action on your favorite websites.

If a website URL begins with https instead of http, then that website has installed an SSL certificate. These certificates show visitors that a site is legitimate and safe, and that the data being transmitted is encrypted. Traditionally, encryption is important to ensure private information (like credit card data or usernames and passwords) remains protected. But as of July 2018, Google Chrome will indicate that your website is “not secure” to your visitors if you lack an SSL certificate, even if your website doesn’t feature login areas or credit-card processing. This is a big deal for all website owners, as Google Chrome is the most popular web browser on Earth, and any indication that your website lacks security may drive visitors away. 

Over the past few years, Google has encouraged websites to adopt https to ensure additional protection and encryption across the web, namely to prevent the spread of malware and spyware. And since 2015, they’ve been down-ranking websites without SSL certificates in Google searches. Since it’s becoming an industry standard, more and more Levant clients are choosing to make the switch to protect both their websites and their site visitors.

This recent push for more security may seem a little annoying for website owners in the short term, but it will likely foster a much more secure online experience for everyone going forward. Let us help you get on track and avoid being branded as “not secure” by Google—contact Levant or call us TODAY at (405) 329-9997 so we can help you before the July deadline.

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