The New GDPR discussion – SSL

With the frenzy of GDPR now over the new discussion on the horizon is SSL. With changes to browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, warnings will be shown if a site does not have an SSL. But what does that mean to you and your website? Below are some general questions we have been asked. Hopefully, you will find them useful.

What is an SSL (Security Socket Layer)?

Adrian wrote an article a while ago to help explain what it is and how it affects your website. You can read it here.

Do I need an SSL for my website?

Rather than me rehashing a well-written article by GoDaddy here is a link

How much does it cost?

Like most things, it depends who you use. Your hosting company will be able to set up an SSL and their charges vary from free (some hosting includes an SSL with your hosting such as SiteGround and 1&1) to £14.99 (for the first year with 123reg) to £43.99 (for the first year with GoDaddy).

You will then need to do a couple of changes on your website to make it work. If you have a WordPress website you can do it manually. WP Beginners has written this useful article. Or you can add a simple plugin like Really Simple SSL. Please make sure you know what you are doing before you attempt this yourself. Or if you want someone to set it up for you it is a quick job for us to do at a small charge!

If you have any other questions let me know and I will add them to this article.

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