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Mozilla: Deprecating Non-Secure HTTP

So Mozilla came with the news today that it will be Deprecating Non-Secure HTTP in the future, in short this means everyone needs to upgrade to SSL sooner or later, together with the news of Google which will punish non SSL sites in their ranking it is reason the more to get a SSL set up and be ready for the the future.

Read the whole article from Mozilla here: https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2015/04/30/deprecating-non-secure-http/

And if you missed the google announcement you can read back here: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.ca/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal_6.html

Official SSL Certificates (from Domain Validated to Extended Validation certificates) are available from 040Hosting as from EUR 10,00 per year
more information on https://www.040hosting.eu/ssl/

Why SSL

Here at 040Hosting we are proud to be able to provide you with the worlds leading brands in SSL to make our customers websites secure. But what is SSL and why would you want to install it on your site even if you don’t have an e-commerce shop.

One of the most important factors of why you should install a SSL certificate on your account is showing your visitor that you care about their security, let’s face it most clients do send far more information over the net as only payment details, a lot of privacy concerning data is shared every single day on the net, its just as important to transfer that data secure as it is for the credit-card data. In fact all sites on the net should be at least using the cheapest SSL certificates to keep information exchanges encrypted. Show your visitors you love them !

Another good reason for SSL would be SEO, Google has stated that they will rank sites which securely transmit data higher as websites which do not. So this makes it from a SEO perspective a good idea to use SSL as well.

Gain customers trust for your website, apart from the DV (Domain Validated Certificates) you also have OV (Organisation Validated) or EV (Extended Validation) SSL‘s each of them building up the trust levels of your site, they take a bit longer to issue as the CA (Certificate Authority) needs to check several aspects of your requests too, they will need to see if your details match the validation by checking the OV or EV validation process. OV’s are usually approved in 2-3 days; where as EV’s can take up to 10 days or longer. Needless to say is that the Green Bar gives your clients the most trust.

To make it easy for our clients the SSL’s can be easily requested and configured in our billing system, and if you order an SSL for your hosting account you can even use our Auto SSL Installer in your cPanel to make the installation even more smart and automated.

So next time someone asks: Why SSL? you answer SST : Security, Seo and Trust !

HTTPS as a ranking signal for Google

So you are making your site to rank as high as possible in google ? please be aware of the latest HTTPS ranking change; for now it will only affect your ranking a bit, but it will become more important over time so get ready for the next big step in google’s ranking system.

From google’s webmaster central blog

Security is a top priority for Google. We invest a lot in making sure that our services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means that people using Search, Gmail and Google Drive, for example, automatically have a secure connection to Google.

Beyond our own stuff, we’re also working to make the Internet safer more broadly. A big part of that is making sure that websites people access from Google are secure. For instance, we have created resources to help webmasters prevent and fix security breaches on their sites.

We want to go even further. At Google I/O a few months ago, we called for “HTTPS everywhere” on the web.

We’ve also seen more and more webmasters adopting HTTPS (also known as HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security), on their website, which is encouraging.

For these reasons, over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal. For now it’s only a very lightweight signal — affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content — while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.

Read their full article on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog

Prepare for the future, get your SSL certificate today