As hackers and thieves become more aggressive than ever before, website owners must be more cognizant of security. No matter what kind of website, it may hold private data of other individuals or companies that should remain private. This is even more important when considering e-commerce sites that hold credit card information, addresses, phone numbers of other valuable data of consumers. Today, more website administrators are implementing SSL certificates to resolve this problem.
SSL certificates are powerful ways to improve website security. Once they are implemented, the website is accessed over HTTPS protocol. HTTPS encrypts the data sent between the website and the user so that hackers cannot steal it while it is being uploaded or transmitted. That is an important step in the security process.
Google is so interested in promoting safe browsing that they have actually incorporated it into its web crawler. Initially, sites got a boost when the implemented SSL certificates to their sites. However, now that it is the standard, Google is actually blacklisting sites that do not put on SSL certificates, especially if they accept credit card numbers of passwords from users. Similarly, the next version of Chrome will not allow users to type information into a website that lacks an SSL certificate.
Fortunately, many hosting sites now allow for easy SSL certificate additions. Some even offer a one-click SSL option so that implementing this technology is a breeze. In the future, virtually all sites with consumer information will have an SSL certificate or other encryption technology.
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