SSL, HTTPS and Secure sites are the New Normal

At Packerland Websites we take privacy and security very seriously. We believe your website should be protected from hackers and eavesdroppers, and one way to ensure this is to transfer data along a secure connection. This secure connection is represented by the letters HTTPS in the URL of a website.

HTTP is short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, which describes the way data is sent over the Internet. In comparison, HTTPS adds an S for Secure, which means the data is encrypted to protect it more fully. The final S shows that the data on a website is transferred over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection. To get your website hosted on this secure connection, an SSL certificate is needed.

I know this is a bit technical, but there’s a really good reason to understand what HTTPS means, especially after Oct. 27 because Google Chrome updated to a new version and websites beginning with HTTP instead of HTTPS are now flagged as “unsecure.”

SSL Green Padlock on HTTPS Packerland Websites pageWhen someone visits an HTTPS website, a green lock icon will be displayed to indicate the website has an extra layer of protection. When someone visits an HTTP website, a warning message will say the website is not secure. Customers who see this message might be afraid to interact with the website, thinking that their data might be more accessible to hackers.

Here’s how one Google article explains the new policy: “Passwords and credit cards are not the only types of data that should be private. Any type of data that users type into websites should not be accessible to others on the network, so starting in version 62, Chrome will show the ‘Not secure’ warning when users type data into HTTP sites.”

If Packerland Websites installed an online store on your website — no worries. You already have the SSL certificate and HTTPS connection you need for privacy and protection. We made sure of that.

For the rest of our clients, we recommend you upgrade to HTTPS. The SSL certificate once was optional, but now is the norm. You want to make your website as safe as possible for yourself and your visitors.

As an added benefit, switching to an HTTPS website should improve your Google ranking because Google considers SSL as a ranking signal.

Packerland Websites is investing over $14,000 in its hosting system over the next 15 months in order to provide clients with the most superior and secure hosting system. We encourage you to transfer to our newest system.

Everyone knows you can save money by buying in bulk. Because of the number of websites Packerland Websites hosts, we have reached a volume which results in savings for our clients. You can upgrade your entire hosting system for less than the cost of what you’re likely to spend if you purchase an SSL independently. We take care of the entire process. If you are a new client of Packerland Websites, HTTPS is now standard practice for our hosting system, so no action is necessary.

If you’d like to know more about the “Not secure” label, we invite you to read