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Is your website safe?

When I surf on the internet, I still run into websites that are not safe according to my browser. I believe this will cost visitors, because a lot of people there information falls into the wrong hands. When their browser tells them, the website they are trying to visit is unsafe, they will probably call it a day and leave.

My friend has a Samsung phone and when she encounters a website that is unsafe according to her phone’s browser, it won’t even let her visit it. Can you imagine how much traffic is lost since there are a lot of people surfing the internet from their phones nowadays?

SSL Certificate

So what can you do to get the safe label from browsers? That is pretty simple actually. You need a SSL certificate for your website.

Most hosting parties can offer you this certificate. Using an SSL certificate on your domain is one of the most practical ways to protect your website and its users.

That is especially important when transferring personal information. If, for example, you run an online store, a SSL certificate is essential. If you don’t have one, your buyers’ credit card info, addresses, names and more are sent over the web without protection. Plus, selling products online without an SSL certificate gets you on Google’s blacklist for sure.

So if you don’t have a SSL certificate for your website yet, make sure you get one fast. If you host your website with us, it is in your hosting package, so you don’t have to worry about it.

What else?

Next to the SSL certificate, there is more you can do to make your visitors feel safe on your website.

Make sure you have a privacy policy on your website that clearly explains how you handle your visitors information. The best place for a link to your privacy policy is on the footer of your page, so it will be visible on every page.

Your visitors would also like to know if you are a real person. So make it possible for your customers to contact you, by phone, email, a form or through social media. Being visible get’s the trust rate up big time.

Updates

Update your website on a regular basis. Being up to date makes it more difficult for bad asses to harm your website. 

Before updating your WordPress, theme and plugins, be sure to run a backup. 

Support

If you don’t know how to make your website safe, feel free to contact me. I can help you to get your SSL certificate running or even welcome you as a hosting client, where everything will be arranged for you.

 

Linda de Pagter

Linda de Pagter

Digital Nomad, Web designer

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