The online security guide

3 min read
Robby Prochnow

You’ve registered the perfect domain name and are getting close to publishing your new website. Your product list, blog or new venture is coming together nicely, and your website looks superb. But something’s missing. This online security guide will help you realize what you're missing!

You may recall the term ‘SSL’ from previous conversations and research. Here’s everything you need to know about SSL certificates and why all websites need to have one.

Online security guide: Welcome to SSL 101

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted connection between a web server and a browser. This secure tunnel ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser stay private. In other words, it lets customers know that it’s safe to browse, shop and enter their information on your site.

Related: Web security checklist: do you need an SSL Certificate?

Every site needs an SSL certificate

Since 2018, popular browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox have been flagging websites as “Not Secure” if they don’t have an SSL certificate. This means when customers try to visit sites without SSL certificates, their browsers show them a warning like the one below.

Before you dismiss your site as “too small to be a target,” remember that most attacks are automated without a human deciding who gets targeted.

Also, Google search ranks sites with a correctly installed SSL certificate above those without one. When you’ve got one, customers will have an easier time finding your site and have peace of mind they’ll be able to visit without fear of having their data stolen.

There are many bad actors and impersonators online, which makes having a correctly installed SSL certificate all the more important. GoDaddy SSL certificates protect your brand and help you look more trustworthy by having an award-winning Certificate Authority validate ownership of your domain.

SSL certificates can even help your site become more compliant with industry regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, PCI and others.

How to install your SSL certificate.

Next, you’ll need to install your SSL certificate — for help with that, check out this step by step guide that includes some vital tips and tricks.

Once the installation’s complete, there are just a few more things that need to be done to make sure that your visitors always see that your site’s got an SSL, such as:

  • Setting up redirects.
  • Checking for content errors.
  • Keeping close tabs on the validation period.

Online security guide: Keep malware off your site

Even though SSL certificates encrypt sensitive data, you’re not totally secure just yet. Your site’s still at risk of getting hacked and infected with malicious content. GoDaddy Website Security Essential automatically monitors your site, alerts you of any active threats and cleans up your site.

Malware doesn’t care what your business is or how many customers you’ve got — it’s designed to find a vulnerability in any website and wreak havoc. In fact, over 60% of cyber-attacks target small businesses. And in today’s age of automation, a hacker’s code never sleeps, which means it’s always ready to attack. These malware attacks can compromise data, take down your site and damage your brand and reputation with your customers.

Most people don’t find out their website’s compromised until it’s too late. Implementing these basic online security measures can help you further protect your customers and keep your website safe from harm.

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