If you are using the latest version of Google Chrome, your website might show as “Not Secure” in the address bar If your browser is showing this warning, this means that your website lacks a secure connection.
But do not worry, you do not have the only site that gets this warning. This warning shows for all sites that are using the HTTP protocol. The reason for the insecure connection is that the HTTP protocols are incapable of providing the user with a secure connection to your website.
Do I need To Fix an HTTP Connection?
The answer is simple… you should.
The reason why you should switch your websites protocol over to an HTTPS connection is that you could be potentially scaring away visitors from your website, and that Google will be giving a ranking boost to websites that are safe for all users to visit.
How To Fix The “Not Secure”
In order to change your website from an HTTP connection to an HTTPS, you will need to install an SSL Certificate. Do not worry, these are fairly easy to install on most hosting websites. Also, many of these are SSL Certificates free!
Types Of SSL Certificates
Now that we know that you should have an SSL Certificate installed on your website, we will explain the three different types of SSL Certificates and which is right for your website.
Domain Validated (DV)
Domain Validated SSL Certificates are simple SSL Certificates that only need to validate that the user requesting the certificate owns the domain by a Certificate Authority. This type of SSL Certificate will allow your website to run through a simple HTTPS connection that will give your Google Chrome Browser a lock and does not specify any user information.
Organization Validated (OV)
Organized Validate SSL Certificates are more secure SSL Certificates that need to have the Certificate Authority validate that the business is registered and legitimate. This type of SSL Certificate will display a green lock in the browser along with their business name.
Extended Validation (EV)
Extended Validation SSL Certificates are the most secure SSL Certificate that you can install on your website. This is because in order to obtain an EV SSL Certificate, you will need to provide even more business documentation to the Certificate Authority. This type of certificate will show your business name within the browser bar in green.
What Is A Wildcard SSL Certificate?
A Wildcard SSL Certificate is just like any other SSL Certificate but it not only covers your websites domain, it also covers all subdomains of a website. The advantage of purchasing a Wildcard Domain is that it is cheaper than purchasing a new SSL Certificate for ever subdomain. The disadvantage is that if your SSL Certificate gets revoked, all of your subdomains SSL Certificates will be revoked as well.
How Much Do SSL Certificates Cost?
SSL Certificates vary in price depending on the type of SSL Certificate and if the certificate is for a single domain or for multiple domains. Also, each of the different certificates offer slightly different encryptions that may have better security than others.
If you are looking for something cheap that will get the job done, you should first start by looking to your hosting provider. Sites like SiteGround, BlueHost & GoDaddy offer one click SSL Certificate installations. All of these may not be free but many of them are included in hosting packages.
Before purchasing an SSL Certificate I would find out if your hosting provider has a free SSL Certificate that will work for your situation.
If your hosting does not provide a free SSL Certificate that will work for you and your business, I would suggest looking into Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt provides free ssl certificates that will work for most businesses and hosting situations.
If you are looking for something a little more robust for your website, I would suggest looking into Comodo SSL, DigiCert, or Network Solutions. These are some great paid options that will provide a top-notch SSL Certificate for your website.
How To Get An SSL Certificate
All SSL Certificates should come from a Certificate Authority (CA). These CA’s are organizations that will check your website and application in order to approve or disprove the requested SSL Certificate.
Once your site is approved by your selected CA, they will issue you a certificate with associated keys. Most certificates will need to be renewed either monthly or yearly. This process can be done automatically through most CA’s or through your hosting.
How To Install An SSL Certificate
For many of you it will be as easy as one simple click, this is because many of the hosting services provide a one-click installation. For example, SiteGround and GoDaddy can have an SSL Certificate installed for your within just a few minutes with the click of a button in your cPanel.
If your hosting does not have a one-click installation feature, you will need to find the SSL Certificate button in your cPanel and manually copy and paste the Key for your SSL Certificate that you got from your hosting provider or by another Certificate Authority.
Once the SSL Certificate has been installed on your server or hosting, make sure that your force all connections to go through the HTTPS connection. You will want to do this to make sure that every visitor is only using the now secure HTTPS connections
Now that you have installed your SSL Certificate and forced all connects to use the HTTPS protocol, you will no longer see the “Not Secure” in your browser!
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