Do You Have a Secure Website for Your Clients?
Our personal information seems to be everywhere these days. Not only do we share our phone numbers and emails with social media platforms, but we submit them to forms on websites, or have them taken by whatever new app we used that day.
With the internet the way it is, it’s important to make sure you aren’t putting your clients at risk by accidentally disclosing their information. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! Here is more information on website security as well as tips and clues to make sure everyone is safe!
First Things First… SSL Certificates
Secure Sockets Layer (or SSL) is a certificate that establishes a secure connection between the site you are visiting and your browser. It might sound a little boring but stay with me! By having this, it is ensured that when information is submitted on your site it is immediately encrypted and hackers are unable access it.
These certificates are established through Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) and can be seen in the search bar of your browser (examples in the next section!). On the other hand, Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) does not include a security component and leaves your information susceptible to leaks. Here’s how to check if your website (or the website you are browsing) has this magical safety bubble around it:
Check Your Search Bar
To see if your site has an SSL Certificate and is secure, look in the search bar on your browser.
Notice the “https://” and padlock in the image on the left hand side. This means your site is SECURE!
The image on the right is “http://” and displays an “i”. This means information is at risk to attackers.
ALSO Check the browsers you are using…
Wix.com has provided a list of older browsers that do not support the high security standards of SSL certificates. Chances are you aren’t using these anyways (especially if you’ve updated recently), but it never hurts to check!
Unsupported browsers include:
Google Chrome versions older than 6
Internet Explorer versions older than 7
Firefox versions older than 2.0
Safari versions older than 2.1
All versions of Internet Explorer on Windows XP
Unsupported mobile browsers include:
Safari browsers running on an iOS version older than 4.0
Android browsers running on a version older than 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Windows Phone browsers running on a version older than 7
Where can you get an SSL certificate you ask?
Most current web builders like Squarespace and Wix automatically include it with their software. If you aren’t sure, reach out to your provider to see if they offer the service or if there is just a simple setting on the back end that needs to be adjusted.
These days it’s a pretty easy fix, and doing so will help everyone (including your clients) rest a little easier at night. As a business owner you know how important it is to make sure you earn your client’s trust. Having security between their browser and your site is certainly a component in accomplishing that.
If you have any questions about SSL or other website related things, go to my contact page and submit your form here! (Don’t worry, I have an SSL certificate :))
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org