In the push for a more secure Internet, major browsers are making HTTPS a standard for web security. An SSL certificate ensures that a user’s connection to a website is private, secure and encrypted. HTTPS is what gives websites that little green lock icon beside the URL, you may have noticed this icon while visiting banking websites, eBay and Facebook to name a few.
HTTPS encryption protects the communications between your browser and the website you are visiting. This stops anyone in the middle from tampering with that information or spying on what you are doing.
Google, Chrome and FireFox now alert users if a site is not secure. Instead of a green lock, users will see a grey information icon that states the site is not secure. The purpose of this is so users can make an informed decision on what information they are comfortable sharing on the non-secure site.
Not all SSL certificates are equal, there are many different types that offer varying levels of security and authentication depending on your needs and budget. Fortunately, many hosting providers offer free AutoSSL certificates that meet many organizations’ basic needs. AutoSSL certificates automatically verify by using your domain name as authentication and renew free of charge.
Even with the free AutoSSL option, there are technical considerations to take into account before making the switch to https. Be sure to connect with your web developer or hosting provider to identify and resolve any possible technical issues.