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ENSURE YOU ARE SECURE

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Date: 05/09/2018

All websites should now be using SSL certificates to run on https, shown by the little green padlock in your browser.

This ensures that the information sent to and from your website is encrypted and safe. Without this encryption any login credentials, enquiry forms and payments you make may pass this information as plain text, which can be easy to intercept and steal.
 
SSL certificates are usually easy to setup and install, you can usually obtain these from your hosting company. Some hosting companies will charge £60+ per year for an SSL certificate, however, some hosting companies will allow you to use Let's Encrypt to obtain free SSL certificates for your websites.
 
Once you have obtained and activated the SSL certificate, you will then need to update your website to use the https protocol, which your website developers should be able to apply in a short space of time.
 
Google Chrome, the most popular web browser worldwide, already shows a "Not Secure" warning next to your website's address in the URL bar. From the 17th October, it will also show a similar 'Not Secure' sign next to any forms on pages that don't have https.
 
Whilst it might seem like a hassle, setting up SSL and https should be simple, cheap (possibly even free) and help protect your website and your customers.