Why does my web site need SSL security 2018

Every web site needs SSL in 2018 to avoid web site insecure messages that scare away visitors.

Disabling TLS 1.1 and lower is recommended for all businesses. While web site security with SSL is commonly considered only necessary if accepting payments or using secure online forms, that’s no longer the case. It can impact Google listings, overall SEO, and whether visitors see your web site.

SSL secured web sites for years. Even though tech people still call it SSL, the next phase of ecommerce security was TLS. TLS 1.1 and lower, including SSL 1.0, are not considered secure. For that reason, all businesses accepting payments online must have disabled TLS 1.1 and lower on their servers for mandatory Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards  (PCI) compliance by June 30, 2018. Additionally, buyers with outdated browsers may be blocked from making purchases if not supporting the latest security standards.

If your web site does not have an SSL certificate, visitors will get a browser message, which may vary by browser, telling them your web site is not secure and that any information submitted could be viewed by others.

connection not secure message

Web browser warnings like this will scare away visitors.

FREE Test SSL/TLS for Browser and Servers:

Server penetration testing falls under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (18 U.S.C. 1030). It’s a federal crime to “intentionally access a computer without authorization or exceed authorized access”. If it’s not your web site, and you don’t have explicit permission to access, don’t run a server test. If you do have the right to run it, be sure to check the box, HIDE RESULTS. If you get a YES next to TLS 1.0, SSL 3, or SSL 2 on the server test, then hardening is needed.¬†To modify your web site, it’s managed in host administration and disable in security settings. Free SSL and TLS test from Qualys. https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/index.html.

Godaddy gives a very good overview of options. https://www.godaddy.com/web-security/ssl-certificate#compare. I recommend getting the Extended Validation (EV) SSL for the value-added benefits.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, CenPOS is reshaping the future of commerce through technology innovation and the secure, flexible and simple solutions this enables. Christine Speedy, CenPOS Global Sales, 954-942-0483 has extensive ecommerce experience dating back to the early internet days and can assist with any questions.

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