New for 2018: SSL Encryption!

Encryption

Due to recent technology improvements and server software upgrades, I am now able to offer SSL encryption for your website! SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any data that is being sent. It uses encryption algorithms to scramble data in transit, preventing hackers from reading or modifying the data as it is sent over the connection. You can tell if a website uses secure SSL encryption when its address starts with “https://” instead of just “http://” (notice the extra “s” in the secure address). Also, the browser bar will show a little lock symbol to signify that the website is properly secured.


You might ask: what’s the point of having an encrypted website if we’re not handling any sensitive data? After all, all sensitive customer and payment information is handled on PayPal’s secure server during the checkout process. The problem is that in the last year or so browsers have started explicitly labelling non-secure websites as “non-secure” regardless of whether or not they are handling sensitive data. So even if there’s no danger when a customer uses a non-secure website, they still might be afraid to shop on the website when they see the “non-secure” warning. Secondly, Google has been pushing hard to encourage all websites to move to SSL encryption and have even stated that they will include it as factor in their search rankings. Finally, if we can have secure websites, there’s no reason not to!

In the past I have been stymied in my attempts to implement SSL encryption due to technical and practical roadblocks involving the server architecture. Fortunately, with the advent and proliferation of new technologies including SNI (Server Name Indication) and free auto-renewing security certificates, these roadblocks are gone and I am now able to implement SSL encryption with minimal cost and effort.

Please note:

• Your website must be running on the Admin version 5.0, and if it’s not we must upgrade it to v.5.0 if you want encryption. When you’re logged in to the admin you can see the admin version listed right next to the admin page title.

• All your old HTTP gallery site pages will be automatically redirected to the HTTPS equivalents using a proper 301 redirect script, which seamlessly and effectively transfers your google rankings to the new pages.

Please contact me if you have any questions!