http or https? Is your site secure?
It may only be one extra letter, but the “s” in https is hugely important. It means several things.
Firstly, “https” means that the SSL certificate on your website is up to date and configured properly. “SSL” stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Basically, it’s the technology which keeps your internet connection secure – ensuring that any information sent between two computers or devices is safe.
If you have a Contact Form on your website, then asking for visitors to make enquiries or send information to you via that form – when you don’t have an SSL certificate – is to put that information at risk of being intercepted.
We regularly see law firms, accountants, financial advisers, medical facilities, clinics and so on (in other words, businesses which deal in very sensitive personal data) with unsecured Contact Forms.
“Not many business owners outside of the world of IT know that a simple 30 second scan can reveal the age of the technology your website runs on. And the older the technology, the easier it is to hack. “
In an age of increasing data protection awareness (GDPR needs a blog post all of its own…), not having an SSL certificate in place is an open door to hackers.
If it has been neglected by whoever looks after your website, it can also indicate that other important software may also be out of date, leaving even more vulnerabilities for hackers to potentially exploit.
Not many business owners outside of the world of IT know that a simple two minute scan can reveal the age of the technology your website runs on. And the older the technology, the easier it is to hack.
Secondly, many potential clients and customers will have web browsers which simply won’t allow them to access sites with no SSL protection. Instead, when they try to access these sites, a message will pop-up stating that it is potentially dangerous or can’t be trusted.
Warnings about security concerns are never a good look for businesses whose reputations mean everything.
If you are currently http rather than https, we’d recommend giving your web designer a call as soon as possible.