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Is Your Website Secure?

I've seen several news stories on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and blogs touting the need for webmasters to purchase an SSL certificate for their websites as Google is now making that a requirement for websites to receive the highest ranking. In this blog we will discuss what SSL certificates are, in what cases they are needed, the benefits of having them, and the varying cost of certificates from different providers.

An SSL or Secure Socket Layer certificate is a small data file that digitally binds a cryptographic key to the organization that owns the website. When it is active on a website it changes the site from http to HTTPS which means it is http over TLS (transport layer security), changes the HTTPS to green and adds a padlock. This informs the visitor that it is a secure connection and that it is okay to share sensitive data on this site as the ownership is confirmed and the data being transferred is encrypted, currently with a 2048-bit encryption key which is bank l…

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