2017: The Year the Web Went Secure

Cyber-crime and hacking were big news items in 2017. Barely a week would go by without headline reports of another high-profile cyber-incident, like the Ransomware attack on the NHS or the data-hacking of Uber.

While it’s the big names that make the headlines, the risk is very real for all organisations of all sizes, with almost half of the businesses in the UK reporting some kind of online attack in the past two years.

It’s a risk that continues to grow, and something that needs to be a major priority for all directors and company owners everywhere.

But, while this might all sound apocalyptically gloomy, there is a ray of sunshine and positivity.

The Web IS Getting Safer

Did you know that more than half of all internet traffic is now encrypted in some form?

This means that when you visit a website, there’s a greater chance than ever that any data you share will be secure. It’s easy to spot a site that’s providing its users with a securely encrypted connection.

Just look for the little padlock symbol in the web address bar.

Why is this important?

Everyone understands credit cards should be encrypted when used on a website, but people also need to think about sharing their name, email and telephone number. All of these can be equally useful for the unscrupulous hacker.

Encrypting your website is a vital barrier against online data breaches. It’s a means to stop hackers and cybercriminals from intercepting and misusing all of that sensitive personal information.

Secure certificates for encrypting web traffic have been around for more than 20 years, but it’s only been the last couple of years in which organisations have truly grasped the benefits.

Research from Google has shown that web users are increasingly looking for the padlock icon and are less likely to use websites without it. It’s prompted them to initially nudge and now actively push site owners towards making the change to encrypted websites.

Helping your Search Ranking & Online Profile

Although Google rarely discloses any information about their ranking algorithms, they have previously announced sites with a secure certificate will benefit from a ranking boost.

Also, and perhaps more importantly, the Chrome web browser now highlights websites as insecure if they offer login screens, subscription boxes, contact forms or search bars, without a secure certificate in place to encrypt their use.

We Can Help

The website development team at UpriseVSI is here to help you get secure and encrypt your website with a secure certificate. Reassuring visitors to your website and improving your search engine optimisation.

There are many kinds of secure certificate, however, there are two key types that you should consider:

Single domain

A single domain is used for websites with one subdomain (www), e.g. www.yourdomain.com

Wildcard

A wildcard can be used for many subdomains at the same time e.g.

www.yourdomain.com

uat.yourdomain.com

booking.yourdomain.com

admin.yourdomain.com

UPDATE

There's no place like Chrome

On February 8th, 2018, the security product manager for Google's Chrome web browser posted an article on the Google Security Blog.

As of July 2018, Chrome will start to mark all HTTP sites as "not secure".

It currently displays a neutral information icon for non-HTTPS websites but version 68 of the browser will display a warning in the address bar for all HTTP sites.

It's just another sign that any business with an HTTP website is likely to see a decrease in visitors unless they migrate to HTTPS.

 

Call and let us know today which type of certificate you need and we will quickly get your website traffic encrypted with a secure certificate.

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