Glory to God, my website can now be safely reached at https://www.mukalele.net! I have also added an e-shop on my website where I will be selling some of my products and services. I have already setup the PayPal payment gateway and now everything is set for me to start expecting e-cash to drop on my bank account!
It’s long been recognised that all eCommerce web sites should have an SSL certificate; the thing that makes your site secure with HTTPS and gives you the little green or yellow padlock.
However, what few web site owners know is that SSL is advantageous for all web sites. As well as user confidence, search engines and browsers have for some time now favoured web sites with SSL. This is now changing again to the extent of almost making SSL mandatory.
Major web browsers and search engines have now started to effectively penalise web sites for not having encryption. Websites without HTTPS are given negative security indicators and actively labeled “not secure” in the browser address bar.
What is SSL?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
In simple terms, SSL establishes a way for a client (your browser) and a server to know that each party is who it says it is. They establish this trust using an SSL (or, more recently, TLS) protocol, a cryptographic key that enables a digital “handshake” between them. The server coughs up a certificate that confirms its identity, and the encrypted data exchange can begin.
How can you secure your website with SSL?
That might seem complicated, but it’s not nearly as tricky as it once was. “Several years ago there was a certain cost and effort to go through in order to get a site set up for HTTPS. The good news is that these days the process is really simplified, and in fact many companies are providing free SSL certificates.” Those companies range from CloudFlare, a global CDN which offers “one-click SSL,” and Let’s Encrypt, a project led by the Internet Security Research Group that offers SSL certificates to anyone who owns a domain.