What an SSL is and Why You Need One!UPDATED 3/14/18
FIRST, WHAT IS AN SSL?The term SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer”. I’m sure by now, you’re now wondering what exactly that means. Essentially, an SSL creates a secure relationship between the web server (where your website files live) and the web browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) The SSL encrypts the data sent between your website and the browser, and vice versa. This encryption helps keep all of the website files on your site secure.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE AROUND SSL’S? (UPDATED 3/14/18)Chrome and Firefox have launched browser updates that will flag all sites without an SSL to the user. You will receive a very large, alarming message when you try to visit a site without an SSL as shown below. Messages like this are likely to alarm anyone who may be reaching your website. The latest Chrome update, released on February 8, 2018, announced a hard deadline of July for the Chrome 68 browser update. The update, slated for July 2018, will alert the user by displaying Not Secure messaging in the URL field as shown below.
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