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SSL Certification: The simple way to boost business and secure your site!

Is your site SSL certified? In a nutshell, the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate ensures better site security for visitors making online payments. Not only does this boost customer confidence, but is now recognised and rewarded by Google. In simple terms, getting covered will give you an immediate advantage and better online safety.

What is the SSL? Do I really need it?

The SSL is a straightforward, pay by year system that adds an extra level of online defence to your business. You can tell a secure site instantly because the start of its address will have changed from HTTP to HTTPS. It’s not just eagle-eyed techies who spot this though. In fact, the main web browsers are now taking note. Google, for example, now afford SSL-accredited companies a ranking boost over those not protected!

Technically there is no legal requirement to upgrade, but here’s the catch: in the near future sites with no SSL status stand to be penalised. For example, from October 2017 sites without certification of this kind will be listed with security warnings on Google Chrome. Firefox is believed to be following suit before Christmas too, which could have a severe impact on businesses that don’t protect themselves!

Getting secure is simple…

The good news about the SSL Certificate, it’s fairly straightforward to set up and maintain. At Clockwork, we can arrange official registration with a certificate authority (CA) along with correct, trouble free setup. We can certify your business for a fixed period of one, two or three years.  

For more information, contact us today on 01803 87299 or email: support@clock-work.co.uk, please use the subject line ‘SSL Secure’.

Further SSL hints and things to consider

-When enabling HTTPS for your site, you will have a “security key” and code. The 2048-built key offers the highest security, so if you have an existing weaker key (such as 1024) do upgrade to this.

- Certificates vary when businesses use different websites. A single certificate will do if you run just one domain (e.g. www.example.com). However, if you have several sites or subdomains, you can also get a multi-domain or “wildcard” certificate.