Is Your Website Secure? Does It Need to Be?

SECURE ICONIn August, Google announced its intention to use HTTPS as a ranking signal—a very lightweight signal, but a signal nonetheless—specific to URLs. Why?

Google is encouraging website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS for some pretty good reasons. HTTPS is a website hosted on a secure server. Most e-commerce sites use HTTPS.

According to Google Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller, all sites should be sure for date integrity and authentication reasons. A secure site would ensure that content on your website is not altered in transit and that it is truly your site.  To learn more, check out Google’s video Google I/O 2014 HTTPS Everywhere, in which Ilya Grigorik and Pierre Far break down the reasons very plainly.

What is Security?

Authentication – am I talking to who they claim to be?

Data Integrity – has anyone tampered with the data?

Encryption – can anyone see my conversation?

So…to become HTTPS, you’ll have to add a security certificate to your website and migrate your website from an HTTP server to an HTTPS server.

Planning ahead is key.  John Heard at SearchEngineNews.com estimates that website owners have about two (2) years before an insecure website will become a critical problem for SEO. He warns against waiting two years to make the switch.

If you are building a new website, changing domain names or making a major change to the URL structure of your website, you will want to consider moving to HTTPS now.

Google will generate a warning to visitors for websites that are not HTTPS  (see below)

Warning visitors would see if your website is not secure on HTTPS
Warning visitors would see if your website is not secure on HTTPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving your website to HTTPS may give you a small bump in SEO. More importantly, as more people become leery of the Internet’s security, you’ll want make the move before August 2016.

Please let me know if you have questions or want to price migrating your website to HTTPS.

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