The last thing you would want to happen to your website is to be labelled not secure. When this happens it means your website is posing a threat to those who visit which encourages others to immediately leave your website. This defeats the object of what you want to achieve by having a website in the first place, which is why we’re making this blog for you today so that you can make sure the appropriate procedures are being taken.
Effectively you are responsible for the if you are the host of your website but if someone hosts your website for you then they have the responsibility of ensuring the front end and other entrances are fully secure.
The only thing they do not control is what happens inside the website itself only the protection of initially getting in to the website. You are responsible for whatever happens within your hosting account.
Checking your website’s certificate is essential and the easiest way to spot if you need to add protection to it. Google are making it their mission to encourage website owners to better secure themselves from cyber criminals and that’s by highlighting ‘Not secure’ on your URL. They are encouraging site owners to use an SSL certificate which is what creates a barrier between your website and cyber hackers.
If you do not have this certificate then Google will penalize your rankings which results in you moving down the SERP and you could become a main target for hackers.
The best way to check your website is to open your browser and go directly to your website. You will then need to check it against the images below and this will tell you what you need to do. The images shown are by using the Google Chrome browser.
If your website has a closed pad lock next to it then your website is labelled secure, but if it says “Not Secure” then you need to purchase an SSL certificate or get someone to do it for you.
If your website isn’t secure and you’re not quite sure what to do, get in touch with us and we’ll be able to assist and advise what you need to do to protect your website.