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Why Your Website Needs an SSL Certificate

Why Your Website Needs an SSL Certificate
December 7, 2020 Mike McLeland

Why Your Website Needs an SSL Certificate

The internet is rich with cyber-threats ranging from anonymous insults to multi-million-dollar thefts. Insecure web sites and spoofed web sites are two common ways that cyber-criminals steal information from unsuspecting victims. SSL-certified websites dramatically reduce the risk of hostile parties seizing other users’ information or infecting other users with malware or viruses.

What is an SSL Certificate?

“SSL” stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” It transforms a certified web page’s protocol from “HTTP” to “HTTPS,” indicating that the connection between the client and server is secure. The server uses public-key encryption, a highly secure encryption method where only users who have a “private key” can decipher data encrypted with the “public key.” The established connection encrypts every piece of information that passes through it. External invaders who seek unauthorized access to the data will get only indecipherable gibberish.

How to Secure a Website

The quickest and easiest way to secure a website is to hire a third-party to secure the website. Most organizations will charge a fee to install the certificate. However, there is at least one non-profit organization on the internet whose goal is to provide free SSL certification to as many websites as possible. When selecting an SSL provider, web site owners should thoroughly examine the organization’s credentials, services offered, and prices. And if the organization’s web site is not SSL-certified, the potential customer should seek another provider immediately.

Benefits of an SSL Certificate

Any business-related website should have SSL certification, especially when the business stores personally identifiable information or financial information. A great rule of thumb for users is to not enter sensitive information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers to sites without SSL certification. The presence of an SSL certificate can create an additional level of trust between a user and a business due to the indication that privacy and security are priorities to the company. SSL certification also improves the performance and speed of the web site.

Many web sites provide warning or error messages when a user attempts to access an insecure website; SSL-certified sites do not trigger these error messages, making it easier for potential customers to access the website. And many web search engines – including Google – give SSL-certified web pages higher priority in search results.

If you’re seeking an SSL-certified website for your business, then we at North Texas Web Design are the right team for the job. We provide high-quality IT services to customers in Denton, Dallas, Grayson County, and Collin.

On July 1, 2018, Google started marking websites NOT behind a SSL as NOT SECURE. Within a month, all other major search engines followed Google’s lead. We at North Texas Web Design encourage all website owners to put your website behind a SSL. Whether you are from Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, Collin, or Grayson County, we’ll make sure you have the best value for money anywhere!

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  • Working with Mike and North Texas Web Design was a great experience. They were able to create my website with the exact same graphic design and requirements I gave them, and it only took them a couple of days. I appreciate the professionalism and the wiliness to listen to my picky demands. My website looks just the way I envision it. I look forward to continue this relationship for future updates. I’m also happy to give some great references to a couple of my buddies for their websites.

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    By Becky Hary of Speech and OT

  • The most important thing these days is SERVICE…period. That is, a company provides it, or they don’t! Now don’t get taken like we all have, there are many levels of service from basically nothing (“are you sure you have the device plugged IN and turned ON?” or “I can’t understand what you are saying, can you speak English? or do you even know how to spell WEB PAGE?….totally useless service) to placing the service call, having a human answer the phone that can speak and understand English without a “out on the edge” accent and expeditiously remediate the problem! One that is with you the entire way. In my opinion PWD/NTWD provides the highest level.I have been with NTWD for about 5 years with several Web Sites and numerous email accounts and yes I did have a glitsh, well more it was a change of server. I was on the phone with them and the problem was resolved, just like that! It wasn’t really a problem but a change in configuration, even better.The next most important thing is quality. NTWD provides top quality work. Basically anyone can build a web page or host data or email. Mike at NTWD delivers the best that is possible, always there and only a phone call away….if you happen to need help. SECURITY????? That is a big concern and should be of everyone! I am totally concerned about security but not with my NTWD services. I know they are covered, Mike keeps up with technology.I have a choice and so do you. You want to have a strong and SAFE site and service? Do not go any further, simply go to NTWD. As an overall package (design and service), there is none better.Dang I forgot to mention money, fees, skins, bucks, green backs, dough, bread….etc. You want a strong quality product (and service) for a very reasonable price……. The work is done for you. Go to NTWD. Don’t go anywhere else. If you already have, get your tail to NTWD as soon as you can.

    By Gordon McAleb of Einstein Engineering