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Is your Website Secure?

For most businesses, having a ‘secure’ website is not usually something that is often considered. Unless, of course, you are running an e-commerce website or taking confidential customer data.

Recently, however, the need to secure your website has become a more pressing requirement. With the news of Apple iCloud’s hacking, and other large company data breaches, opinions are starting to change on the safety of our data online.

Google says…

Data security aside, one of the latest developments in the uptake of online security is fallout as a result of a recent announcement from Google:

“Secure websites will soon be ranked higher in search results”.

Now business owners have an entirely new reason to secure their website and their data. They don’t want to be penalised by Google. Of course, the amount that secure websites will be favoured over non-secure websites will be minimal, and there are other search engines… (yes Google is not the only search engine, has anyone heard of Bing?). That said, Google is widely seen as the place to be found, and any chance to climb up the rankings will be quickly pounced upon. Moreover, it is highly likely that other search engines will follow suit in due course.

What is a secure website?

Most websites run on ‘http’ protocol, and is the standard way of accessing websites online. Secure websites run on ‘https’, which is a dedicated protocol for accessing secure websites. All data accessed through a ‘https’ web address is completely secure (hidden from prying eyes) with the data being encrypted.

Switching over to https is not a mammoth task, depending on the complexity of your website of course. There are 2 main things you will need:

  1. A Security Certificate:
    All https connections should have a security certificate. These can be applied for online for around £30, and means that anyone accessing your website can do so safe in the knowledge that your company credentials have been verified by a third party company.
  2. A Dedicated IP: https connections required a dedicated IP, meaning the connection is unique to a specific website. You’ll need to check that your website has its own dedicated IP and doesn’t share one with any other websites.
  3. Conclusion

    Securing your website can be achieved relatively cheaply and quickly, and you can soon enjoy a slight increase in your Google rankings as well as having your website data safely secured. This will also have the side-effect of making your company appear more trustworthy online. There really is nothing to lose.

    Need some help?

    If you are considering securing your website, or would like a brand new secure website, get in touch using any of the contact details below. We’d be happy to help.


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