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Security Ends With an S

Secure browsing used to be that thing your bank did. You saw the padlock when logging in to your bank and you felt re-assured.

Then we started looking for it whenever we were buying something online. Personally I'd NEVER post my credit card details to any website that didn't have the re-assuring padlock in the browser bar and I'd hope that goes for all our friends and clients out there too. Always double check. The padlock is there to protect you and to encrypt the information you are sending to the receiving party.

Traditionally that's where SSL has started and ended. Banks, payments, transactions, logins, high security, all that sort of stuff.

Enter Google stage left. They are massively passionate about making the internet safer and believe that the future of the web is to encrypt EVERYTHING and that means YOUR website too.

2017 will be the year of Secure Browsing and it's started with the Google Chrome Browser.

Version 56 of the popular Google browser now explicity warns users when a site isn't secure. A little "Not Secure" warning will appear in the address bar, a potentially off putting message to give to your potential customers.

This of course is only the start. SSL has always had a little weight in establishing your SEO ranking on Google. It stands to reason now that the weight will slowly increase in a bid to encourage more website owners to adopt SSL as standard.

The good news for our customers is that starting today, thanks to our partners at Cloudflare, Plesk and Let's Encrypt all our hosting plans include FREE SEO Friendly SSL encryption. Look up to your browser bar and you will see that our own website is already fully SSL encrypted. We will be providing this to all new site designs as standard and also working our way back through our hosting catalogue to ensure that wherever possible our customer websites default to being encrypted.

Of course our Big Commerce customers already enjoy SSL protection via our GeoTrust certificates which remains unchanged, but our self hosted infrastructure is now fully protected.

Get in touch if you'd like to know more or if you'd like to accelerate getting your BFD website encrypted.

 

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