If you don’t have an SSL cert on your website, you face three major issues in 2018:
- From this year, Google will start penalising you in their search results.
- If your website has any kind of text input, Google Chrome browser will be alerted that your website is not secure.
- GDPR compliance requires that you have SSL on any contact forms or other areas of a website that take in data.
So what is an SSL certificate? SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology use to establish an encrypted connection between a web server and a web browser. It ensures that any data transferred between the two remains private and encrypted.
It is the backbone of the technologies which allow for making payments online, and more and more people will come to expect to see that reassuring padlock on a website.