Check your website. Does it have HTTP in front of your domain, or HTTPS? That ‘S’ stands for secure. Starting in July, Google Chrome will warn users when visiting sites without secure encryption.

The image above shows my restorelilacway.com website, before and after installation of an SSL certificate. Which one do you want your customers to see?

What’s an SSL certificate?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing a safe encrypted link between a web server and a browser like Chrome. You’ll see that Amazon and ebay all have padlocks in front of their web address, showing that they’re using an SSL Certificate.

How do I make my site secure?

Have an SSL certificate installed. To guarantee that SSL certificates are authentic, the Certificate Transparency Log Policy was created. It requires that SSL certificates be publicly audited using Certificate Transparency.

That way, companies that make browsers (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla) can be sure the security certificates aren’t fake. Check with your hosting company—some provide SSL Certificates as part of their hosting. Less expensive hosts like GoDaddy are charging extra for an SSL certificate.

Here’s a good Verge article, and a Google article.

Be sure your website’s secure and safe for your customers, and keep an eye on July — Much adieu, Karen