Does your site collect sensitive visitor information such as passwords, credit card information, or personal data?
You may or may not have noticed that on some login fields there is a warning that appears similar to this example shown to the right. This is due to the lack of something called SSL or Secure Socket Layer. This is an extra layer of security on the website that allows encryption of data like passwords and user data between the client and the website.
The password section is as secure as it always will be. If people don't have the password they still can't get in. However it's an extra layer of security focused on securing client data as much as possible for outside sources and more.
Secure Socket Layer services give websites the padlock icon in the top corner of a browsers URL bar which defines sites with secure connections. SSL is a technology used for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a browser, so it provides end users with a far more secure experience and protects them from outside sources. When a trust badge is placed anywhere on a website, users feel more secure using their personal information on it.
What are the benefits?
It has emerged in the last few months that a tool that website owners can use to positively boost their Google ranking is SSL certificates.
Google have announced changes to its indexing algorithm that gives a slight priority to sites that use SSL when defining search engine rankings. Google don't usually divulge details about how they rank websites specifically so it is clear that the company thinks that it is important that more sites should implement SSL to protect users.
Google sees three reasons for securing your website with SSL. They are “Authentication,” “Data Integrity,” and “Encryption.”
Our SSL Service is:
- Managed for you
- Compatible for both www. and non www.
- Implemented onto your website and domain
- Maintained daily
- Google Friendly
- Renewed Annually
- Supported by all major browsers
- Mobile Friendly
- SNI Certificated
- Designed to protect end users
What does Google think?
Google has said that currently, having SSL on your website carries “less weight than other signals such as high-quality content.” however they also said they “may decide to strengthen” the signal because they want to “encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web."
Having Toolkit's Secure Socket Layer (SSL Service) means you are future proofing your website with good SEO practices.
What does it cost?
Bespoke websites require bespoke security solutions so we've invested in a SSL certificate solution that will protect all of our websites end users data.
We can implement, test and manage an SSL certificate on any of our sites for just a one off cost of £145+vat. The monthly costs for certificate management and renewals is just £15+vat.
This is the perfect service for those looking to protect client data and increase their Google presence.