SSL: What it is, what it is for and how to install it

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Security is everything in this life. When you build a home, you get keys to lock the house when you travel, when you go out to work, when you go to sleep, and when you leave the house for a certain time “alone.” This is one of the means of security that you choose. You can choose trained dogs, alarms, fences or any other type of measure to protect or protect the “content” that is inside the place.

When you create a website, it works the same way, you need to have a secure website. Your page needs to be safe from unwanted intruders and viruses. But how do you know if a site is secure? We explain. Let’s say you have a virtual store that sells electronic equipment and is one of the busiest stores in the area. Thousands of customers visit every day and dozens of purchases from various peripherals.

To make these purchases, the customer needs to register a valid email, put addresses and confidential data such as the name of the street where he lives, CPF, credit card number, zip code and so on. All of these data need to be protected confidentially. And that’s what ssl is for, to leave all of these exchanges of information between company-client encrypted.

What is SSL?

SSL is a security protocol that will encrypt all the data needed to perform a purchase or access on a particular site. Therefore, any information that the client places inside the site, will be sent to the recipient in an encrypted way, that is to say that it does not matter if anyone can stop this sending, it will not be able to access this information because it will be encrypted.

Benefits of having an SSL certificate

As previously stated, ssl will help you with unwanted malware or people who want to harm your business, however, there are other factors that further show the importance of it.

When you browse the internet, do you usually access which types of sites? I bet the vast majority are globally known sites like Facebook, Youtube, Google and others as important as. Have you noticed that they have an ” https” and a blue-green padlock on the address side? Same as we have below:

Address bar shows that the page has SSL certificate installed

Remembered now? This is a ssl certificate If you get to your site one, it will have this address side lock. And that gives your business a major professional face, customers who visit your site and come across ” insurance ” next to the name are less worried and trust your work more.

Sites that do not have this certificate on the other hand already suffer from the mistrust of future clients. Because the site is simply not secure. Who will want to risk accessing this page? What if it’s an e-commerce? Who will want to buy from a store like this or even click on some link inside? I think very few people, right? Below you can see what a site without a ssl certificate would look like.

Drago is sad because the page does not have an SSL certificate of security

 

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A very important factor also in the ssl question is SEO . Google loves sites that have these certificates, ranking them well in the site search engine. And you want to be well-ranked so people can find you on the internet, right?

And speaking on Google, did you know that from May 2017 until June this year, the most used browser in the world by Internet users is Chrome? more than 60% of people use the browser to do daily tasks or simply surf for fun.

And that’s why the new Chrome update is so important. In it, all sites that do not have  HTTPS , or in other words an SSL certificate  , will be classified as  Non-secure . And it will work as follows: whenever you want to type something inside the site, do any function, the non-secure warning  will appear.

So if you own a website and have not yet acquired a SSL certificate with the company hosting your website, it is best to reconsider this because no one will trust an unsecured website  resulting in lost traffic and money.

How to install the SSL certificate

Finally decided to acquire security for your audience and your site and now want to install? We teach. After purchasing SSL , the next step is to access your Control Panel .

Once you have access, click the + Plan:

SSL certificate activation process on a website

You should now choose which domain to activate the ssl certificate for :

You need to choose the domain that wants to enable SSL

By choosing the domain for which you want to enable the security protocol, click on the ” Plan ” option and that’s it, you have successfully activated SSL.

Confirmation that SSL was enabled successfully on a site

Now click ” Continue to the control panel” to install SSL. When you get to the dashboard click on ” Manage .”

SSL must be installed through the hosting control panel

As you can see below, the panel itself has already done the automatic installation of ssl. Now, to confirm, go to your website to check if you already have the security lock.

Installing SSL on a page is automatic

When you visit your site, you’ll notice that the green lock is not yet next to the address next to https . What you need to do is click on the files tab and go to “file manager” inside the control panel.

If the lock is not green, you need to go into File Manager and enable SSL

The file management tab will open and if you do not have a file written ” htaccess ” you can create in the ” new file ” tab . Remember that if you already have this htaccess file just edit it.

Account management to enable SSL

By clicking new file, just name the file by putting: .htaccess and click ” create “. Now right click on the new file created and go to “edit” .

Copy this code below and paste into the folder:

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond% {HTTPS}! = On

RewriteRule ^ (. *) $ Https: //% {HTTP_HOST}% {REQUEST_URI} [L, R = 301]

This code works with any domain because it has generic https programming .

Now, make sure your site is with https and the green SSL security lock. As I’m using a random domain, I ran the test and it appeared ssl enabled and working, as you can see below:

Benefits of SSL: Data Protection and Transaction Security

Conclusion

Okay, now you can already work inside your site safely since ssl is already installed and configured without worrying about intruders trying to steal customer data or information inside your page. Remember that maintaining the security of your site is to care about the users and customers who access the page.