If you don't have an SSL Certificate, Google is going to flag your website in 2018.
Yes, you read it right. Google will display a 'Not Secure' message in the URL bar if your website doesn't have a valid SSL Certificate.
What is SSL
Secure sockets layer (SSL) is a website security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a client and server.
SSL allows sensitive (private) information like credit/debit card numbers, websites passwords, security numbers to be transmitted securely.
Without SSL, data transfers between browsers and web servers always remain in plain text, which makes a hacker's work easy to see the transmitted data.
That's why we use SSL. SSL encrypts the transmitted data and makes your connection secure.
Why is SSL Certificate Critical?
- SSL Certificate Encrypts Sensitive Information
- It protects You From Cybercriminals (attackers)
- It Builds Trust & Brand Power
Why you need SSL in 2018
Google just loves its users and therefore, is coming up with every possible way to make them feel more secure on the internet. According to a recent announcement, earlier this year, Google will flag all unencrypted websites by the end of 2017.
So, you need to install an valid SSL Certificate to avoid any risk and warnings. If you don't implement it as soon as possible, you will see a 'Not Secure' warning on visiting your site.
With Chrome version 62 being released, all websites will need a valid SSL Certificate.