Do you need SSL on YOUR website??

Emily Genevish

I am a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, and a Marine Corps Wife. I founded my design studio upon graduating at the top of my class with a BFA in Digital Design in 2006. Originally from Tampa, Florida, I have been building my business from scratch, across three states. I have built an extensive portfolio of work and serve clientele worldwide. With my company's humble beginnings in Long Island, New York it has since traveled to around the U.S., following the path of my husband who serves in the U.S. Marine Corps. I offer services in my current local community as well as clients around the world to make professional design affordable!

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Google will soon be requiring that all websites have an SSL certificate.

Do you collect sensitive visitor information such as passwords, credit card information, or personal data from your website? By the end of January 2017, Google Chrome will begin marking sites without HTTPS as “non-secure”.

So just what IS an SSL/TSL Certificate??

According to Comodo’s website, SSL Certificates provide secure, encrypted communications between a website and an internet browser. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords. Example pages include payment pages, online forms and login pages.

So if you are concerned with the upcoming google SSL requirement- you can sign up for an SSL for free at https://letsencrypt.org/
or a content delivery network (CDN) like CloudFlare provides a shared SSL certificate with their free package.

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