What is an SSL, and Why Do You Need One?

With an upcoming Google Chrome update, many online businesses may no longer be accessible to users or prioritized by the algorithm. That’s why it’s important to receive an SSL certificate before this massive update to Google Chrome happens, keeping your website’s content and services safe and accessible to all!

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As of

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Websites without an SSL certificate could lose a fair share of potential visitors who will be unable to visit your website.

What Does SSL Stand For?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is a protocol for establishing safe, secure, and authentic links between networks. Due to the upcoming Google Chrome 90 update that prioritizes HTTPS over HTTP, an SSL certificate is highly recommended for websites.

How Do I Know if My Site Has an SSL Certficate?

If the URL of a website begins with “https” instead of “http,” then the site is secured using an SSL certificate. Another way to recognize if a website has an SSL certificate, and therefore has a secure connection, is by looking to see if a padlock icon is displayed to the left of the website URL.

Clicking on the padlock icon at the top of your browser will tell you whether your connection is secure or not secure.

What Do HTTP and HTTPS Stand For?

HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is a protocol that allows web browsers to send and receive requests to and from a web hosting server.

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It is a newer and more secure version of HTTP that uses TLS/SSL encryption.

Google Chrome Update

As mentioned above, the need for an SSL certificate is due to an upcoming update to the Google Chrome browser. This update is branded as Google Chrome 90 and will change its default for incomplete URLs from HTTP to HTTPS for security purposes.

BEFORE THE CHANGE

  • the address website.com  would take the user to http://website.com

AFTER THE CHANGE

  • the address website.com  will take the user to https://website.com

When Does Google Make the Change?

Testing is currently underway, but assigning HTTPS as the default protocol for incomplete and half-finished URL’s through Google Chrome is set for a full and public release on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, with Google Chrome 90.

 

However, for mobile iOS users, the rollout is scheduled for a later and yet to be announced date.

Request a Quote for an SSL Certificate from Stellar Blue Technologies

Interested in acquiring an SSL certificate to keep your website optimized and available to the maximum amount of users? Please request a quote online using the following form and contact the Stellar Blue team for additional information on Cybersecurity services.