It’s Time For SSL On Your Website (yes, even your website)
Starting October 2017, Google has raised their stakes in penalizing websites without SSL.
Any website that has a contact form where a visitor enters their contact info – any contact info – must be encrypted via SSL.
Brand Shepherd has been recommending SSL since February of this year for other reasons as well »
The risks and inevitabilities of not getting SSL:
- Google is already tagging sites without SSL as “Not Secure.”
- Google is, as of October 2017, tagging websites with no SSL and a contact form as not secure.
- Soon, Google will blacklist your website, which can take months to get back in search results.
What you need to do:
- If you are a Brand Shepherd client that declined our guidance for SSL, contact us. We’ll walk you through the steps needed.
- If you’re not a Brand Shepherd client, contact your website hosting provider.
- When you contact your website hosting provider, ask them for the best price to buy 1-3 years of SSL, and be sure to ask that they install it for you, then alert you when installation is complete.
Rarely does Google do something that impacts a front-facing part of nearly every website, yet this is exactly what we have here since nearly all websites use a contact form.
Kudos to Google for forcing website owners to get serious about encryption and security. They’ve forced the issue, so now it’s time for us to act.