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Industry News 07/07/2017

Ensuring Website Protection with Transport Layer Security

SSL certificate graphic

Have you noticed that the URL for most websites that you visit these days starts with ‘https…’ where it used to be just ‘http…’? Probably not. After all, it’s been years since any of us had to type a web address into the URL bar manually. However, the addition of that little ‘s’ marks a great leap forward in website security. The ‘s’ shows that your website has Transport Layer Security. This is confusingly known as an SSL (because the precursor to Transport Layer Security was the Secure Sockets Layer). We include an SSL as standard when creating websites for clients.


How does an SSL Work?


Ah. We thought you might ask that. Without getting overly technical, Transport Layer Security makes sure that the link between a browser and the server where a website is hosted is an encrypted link. When a browser attempts to connect to a server secured by an SSL, the server must identify itself by displaying an SSL certificate that the browser can check is trustworthy before sharing encrypted data.


No. Sorry. That was overly technical.


It’s a magic code that protects your users’ privacy and data.


That sounds good. Do I have one?


If your website was designed by us, you do. We want to make sure that all of our clients and their customers are confident that they can share data safely. An SSL creates a safer online experience. Google likes sites that are safer to visit. The Google algorithm gives preference to sites that have an SSL. Preference translates to higher ranking for your website.


Ooh! Where can I find out more about SSL?


There’s tons of information online about SSL certificates and the different validation models and handshake protocols.


I was being sarcastic.  


Fair enough, you don’t need to know this stuff. All you need to know is that we are taking all the reasonable measures to ensure that your website remains a secure place for your staff and your customers to conduct their business. 


If you would like more information on the full range of encryption and protection that you get when you have a website created by RWD Click, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call our office on 01603 632552 or you can email any questions to info@rwd.click.