Internet security, hackers, ransomware are on everybody’s lips and everyone’s mind. Making your connection secure is no longer a luxury, it is a must.
This means having an SSL Certificate on your web hosting package.
What is an SSL?
SSL refers to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and its successor Transport Layer Security (TLS). They provide communication security over a computer network. The connection is secure because the data transmitted are being encrypted, meaning it cannot be read by eavesdroppers nor can it be modified by an attacker without being detected.
Why is it important?
There are two main reasons for this.
- The first one is the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR that will take effect on the 25th May 2018. Among the minimal technical measures under the GDPR is the encryption of personal data in transit by using suitable encryption solutions, such as SSL.
- The second reason is that Google will start to penalise websites that are not on a secure connection. This is particularly applicable to websites offering a form to be completed and consequently transmitting personal data or even the innocuous ‘Subscribe to our newsletter’ in which the visitor will give name and email address.
We believe in constantly improving our services and I am pleased to share that we have incorporated a secure connection using a strong SSL Certificate into our clients’ hosting accounts on our EU based private servers.