If you don’t have an SSL/TLS certificate, your site will show “Not secure”
If you have paid any attention at all to Internet industry news in the past year or so, you know that Google (and others) are pushing for the adoption of security certificates across the board for all websites. Technically, your website does not really NEED a security certificate unless you are doing online transactions or capturing sensitive data from your visitors. In those cases a secure site is not just recommended, it is required. However, there are a few things you might want to consider before you dismiss the idea of a secure certificate on your run-of-the-mill web presence.
Having a well-designed e-commerce website can take your business from good to great. E-commerce is a whole breed of website entirely on its own, and there are a handful of important elements that all e-commerce websites need to have.
The approach of the 2011 Christmas Season will no doubt bring an increase in online shopping. Business Insider announced that predictions for online purchases on Black Friday alone top 800 Million Dollars, a 24% increase over 2010. This is good news for retailers and a major convenience for shoppers who can search and compare prices on items from numerous vendors and make purchases without having to fight the crowds or stand in lines.
If you plan to do any of your shopping online, you should be aware that there are also those who are planning to attack you if you give them the chance. Just as you need to be cautious of strangers and dark places when shopping at the mall, you also need to be wary when you’re shopping while sitting in front of your computer. However, you don’t have to be afraid if you know you are protected.
How can you be attacked?
Your computer could be vulnerable to attack. If you have not taken steps to protect your computer from viruses, malware, and other kinds of malicious code, attackers could gain access to your computer and all the information in it.
Phishing sites and email messages – “Phishing” is a type of attack called “social engineering” whereby you are tricked into giving up personal information. Once you do, you lay yourself open to criminals and thieves who will plunder and pillage your personal assets.
Purchasing from insecure websites – If you shop on a website that does not use encryption, an attacker could intercept your personal information while in transit.
At Powerserve, we combine creative design with custom programming. Because these are two sometimes opposing forces, it can be tricky explaining the extent of our abilities with these great assets. To serve as an example, we’ve recently launched totalforce.com, a website that sells custom made guidons for the military.