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Security online is a hot topic, and we always want it to be! Right now conversation is heating up about murky use of personal data mined from social media profiles. But can you tell whether that last online shopping purchase you made kept your credit card information safe? While you continue to debate whether you’ll hang on to your online profiles, educate yourself about online security as a whole. Start here with SSL. Security online is a hot topic, and we always want it to be! Right now conversation is heating up about murky use of personal data mined from social media profiles. But can you tell whether that last online shopping purchase you made kept your credit card information safe? While you continue to debate whether you’ll hang on to your online profiles, educate yourself about online security as a whole. Start here with SSL. 

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and the critical takeaway here is that often SSL is the only thing standing between your personal information – like credit card number – and an evildoer. When you enter your credit card information online you can see everything clear as day, which is great because nothing is more frustrating than retyping that 12-digit number, plus the expiry, and the security code because they showed up on the screen as dots. Except stolen credit card information and a canceled card, we’re of the opinion that that is more frustrating. To secure the exchange of information between you and the online shop while maintaining ease-of-use, the website must have an SSL protocol in place which encrypts the data you input by translating it into a secret code that only the website you’re providing it to can understand. This is also important for simple logins, especially if you use the same email address or username and password for all of your accounts (don’t do that!). Be your own hero by looking at the address bar at the top of your screen and searching for the all-important “S” for Secure and an additional notice that the page is secure; this may be the image of a lock and/or the word “Secure”. You want the URL to start with starts with HTTPS and the notice just to the left of the URL to echo that security either with the word “Secure” and/or the image of a locked padlock. If it’s merely HTTP and an open lock or a warning, you may want to rethink that purchase, bank deposit, bill payment, license renewal, email login, etc. Our website is SSL certified, so take a peek right now at the top of the address bar on your browser for a visual.

Google has taken SSL education seriously in announcing that by July 2018 all websites viewed in their Chrome browser lacking SSL will come with a warning sign. This blanket protocol will cover all websites, and all of their pages, not just pages that allow users to provide payment information and logins. This is a welcome directive to general internet surfers. Businesses, on the other hand, may be looking at their website, then their 2018 budget, and sweating a little. We’ve got good news though!

Obtaining an SSL certificate is now easier and cheaper than ever thanks to Google’s initiative. And Polarverse is partnered with Entrust Datacard, which means you can purchase your SSL certificate through us. The part that you need to budget for is inserting the certificate and that “S” into your website, which is something we highly recommend you hire a professional developer to do to ensure it’s done right. Does every page of your website require SSL? No. Do you want a potential client to land on your About Us page, see the Chrome warning at the top of the screen and run away to a competitor that has SSL? No! Polarverse is of the opinion that outfitting your whole website with SSL is a worthwhile endeavor. Hiring a pro to implement the protocol should keep your website from crashing during the process.

Polarverse provides a variety of IT solutions for business, from practical application to straightforward explanation. Call us at (519) 489-0646 to learn more about SSL implications for your website, and to talk more about internet security for your company.

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