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Protecting our Websites. What is it and Why Should I Care?

Article written by: Chimwemwe Manda

Well if you are running an up to date browser like google chrome, chances are you couldn't help but notice the words next to the address bar appear as one of the following "Not Secure" in red with a corresponding and not so friendly hideous red Exclamation Mark or Secure with a Paddlock next to the address bar. Well in hind sight not so sure which one is friendly, if you have been in lock up, I guess the paddlock is the last thing you need on your mind, but for most anything with a paddlock should give you a sense of relief, security and being protected...

What does all this mean? A website with the hideous red wording "Not Secure" means that the information your computer is exchanging with the website you are browsing is not protected and can be read by third parties, and could possibly be used for malicious purposes. On the other hand a website with a paddlock next to the website address means that the website is secure and information between your computer and that website is encrypted or rather protected and can only be seen between the two of you without a third party in between (No 3 somes)

What are the benefits for securing my website? For starters if you are running a business and still want to keep your customers or have them trust you, a protected website is a good place to start with. Anything marked as insecure should raise a few hairs and eyebrows, and have your customer leaving the site quickly with no intention of coming back. Before 2018 securing a website didnt not seem as must or something compulsory until the summer of 2018 when google browsers and other started marking websites as insecure or putting a paddlock on the to show that they are secure. A secure website guarantees the user that the site they are visiting is legit or you are who you claim to be

What do I need to protect my website? You need an SSL (Secure Socket Layer)/ TSL (Transport Layer Security) certificate which are essentially one and the same, one being a descendant of the other (TSL is newer technology built ontop or using SSL technology). An SSL / TSL certificate helps you protect information transferred between your website and a your visiotrs and also assures the visitors that you are who you claim to be. It authenticates your identity online

While Google – with its search engine, Chrome browser, and Android OS – can redefine the internet unilaterally, it was not alone on this mandate. Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla and the other major stakeholders in the tech industry have all made a concerted decision to mandate SSL/TLS certificates and HTTPS.

The reason for that is simple: without SSL/TLS and the ability to connect securely via HTTPS, all communication between websites and their visitors would be exchanged in plaintext and easily readable by a third party.

The only downside to this recent push for universal encryption is that it’s forced an influx of new customers into an unfamiliar market, one that does very little to make itself less confusing to the average website or business owner.

Hopefully after reading this article, you’ll feel confident about selecting, purchasing, and implementing an SSL / TLS certificate.

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