“SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information transferred, including potential personal details.”
So, now that we have that latin all figured out, let’s talk about this a little more.
Back in the Fall of 2018, Google decided, in order to help with the privacy and security of websites, it was going to “require” all websites to have an SSL certificate. This is a certificate that proves that your site is more secure. It means that it is harder (not impossible) for bots to capture your private information, and that of your subscribers on your site.
But you may be saying “I don’t capture anyone’s info” – well, in actual fact you do. YOUR site captures information about YOU – your log in, your email, your name. These are all things that hackers can use to get information from other sites.
So, how do you get an SSL – simple, contact your hosting company. If you are with Siteground, then your SSL is included in your price. Other hosting companies can charge you upwards of $70+USD to have your site SSL’d.
The other thing, once your site is SSL’d you won’t get that pesky “UNSECURED” warning from GOOGLE, and having one will help your SERP and help Google to rank you higher.
So, basically – RUN, don’t walk to get your SSL on your site set up!
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