The Importance of SSL (https) on your website

The Importance of SSL (https) on your website and running a security certificate

The Importance of SSL (https) on your website and security certificateThe importance and advantages of SSL Certificates have to do with both security and website optimisation. SSL stands for secure socket layer.

Your customers names and all their personal information from enquiry forms and transactions via your website are targets for bad actors on the web, and an SSL certificate provides the indispensable and often mandatory privacy and security you need for your business online. Ask yourself, do you have forms on your website that sends data if it’s submitted? Most ‘contact us’ pages have a form and therefore SSL is required.

An SSL certificate encrypts sensitive data

An SSL certificate encodes data i.e. encrypts it to render it unreadable by those who don’t have the key. When a customer fills out your website enquiry form for example, the data often relays from one computer to another in its journey to a destination. When the information makes a split-second pause before heading towards you, it becomes vulnerable to unauthorised third-party access. The SSL certificate adds random characters into the customer’s original information. Without the encryption key, the information is useless.

SSL ensures the information goes where it is intended

The SSL certificate acts as a “handshake” between communicating browsers. It shows your customers that your website is current and not a fake. Look for the “S” after the “http” in the web address line of a site. Also, there is a small “lock” image on the same line.

An SSL certificate meets PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance standards

If you want to securely process credit card payments with proper encryption, an SSL certificate will open the door to instant payments and higher profitability, because it inserts an industry standard 180-bits of encryption. The bottom line here is: no SSL certificate means you will not be able to process credit cards.

An SSL certificate promotes customer confidence and trust

Your customers take a leap of faith when they fill out a form with their personal information/email address or shop on line. Adding an SSL certificate adds another layer of trust and operability to your business online.

An SSL certificate improves SEO

Search engine optimisation is what gets your site to the top of Google’s search results. To stay on Google’s good side and even get a minor search engine ranking boost, add an SSL to your site. In Google’s view, SSL promotes a site to be “trusted and certified” because of the extra authentication and security.

In addition to the increased SEO ranking and the security advantages on the web browser search page, an SSL certificate designates the owner as a trusted third party. Anyone with an SSL certificate is instantly recognised as being who they say they are.

Final thought

I am sure at some point in the future it will come compulsory to have an SSL certificate running on a business website. If you don’t have a certificate and look at your website contact form on a mobile device, it now says (on most devices) that the website is unsecure.

I hope this information was useful and if you need an SSL setting up, get in touch >>

An Introduction to Cloud Computing

The term Cloud computing is the delivery of hosted services and applications over the internet.

An Introduction to Cloud ComputingCloud computing enables people and businesses to use a computer resource, such as storage or an application, without having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in house. So you won’t need to set up a server and start a coding for the next 3 months.
There are many benefits form Cloud computing, here are a few:

Latest Updates

The provider of a cloud service or application will continue to update their system with the latest functions and facilities and provide security updates.

Do more with less

Having data and software running in the cloud, companies and end users can reduce the size of their own data centers or eliminate their data center altogether. The reduction of the numbers of servers and software can reduce IT costs without impacting businesses and their IT capabilities.

Flexible costs

With cloud computing the costs are more flexible because companies only need to pay for what they need or use. Most cloud provider’s offer different levels of services at different sign up fees which can depend on the requirements and number of staff etc.

Availability

Cloud computing providers maintain a 99.99% uptime. Normally if you are online the service is available to use whenever and wherever. Some applications work off-line and will update and synchronise when you are next connection to the internet.

Mobility

Your applications and data are available to you or your employees no matter where they are in the world. Staff can take their work anywhere via smart phones and tablets or can work from a laptop. As well has Jordan IT Services I also own a graphic design business. Jordan IT Service needs an office with staff, however the design business can be run from a laptop from anywhere. So, I find myself taking my laptop everywhere with me, even on holiday.

Finally – Cloud computing security, is it safe?

Security is a major concern for any business sending data out to a cloud service. Many businesses and organizations are bound by complex obligations and government standards and have a fear of loss or theft. With more reliable data encryption and security tools available, things are slowly becoming more and more cloud based.

Understanding FTP

Understanding FTP File Transfer Protocol

Understanding FTP File Transfer ProtocolFTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is one of the earliest and best methods of transferring information around the Internet. Most FTP files are stored in “anonymous FTP” directories where anyone has access to them without needing to log in with a username and password.

A protocol is a language that enables computers to speak to one another.

FTP is used to make files and folders publicly available for transfer over the Internet. In some cases you may need to get permission from the network computer’s administrator to log on and gain access to files on the computer. But often you’ll find that you can use FTP to gain access to certain networks or servers without having an account, or being an official password holder, with that computer.

These “anonymous” FTP servers can contain a broad range of data that is publicly available through FTP.

The Internet address (URL) for an FTP server looks slightly different from the URL you use for a typical Web page. For example, Microsoft has an “anonymous” FTP server at ftp://ftp.microsoft.com, where you can download files ranging from product fixes, updated drivers, and utilities, to Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and other documentation.

How much access you have to files and folders on FTP servers depends on whether you gain access to the servers through a CERN proxy server or directly, and what kind of permissions you have with the FTP server.

For the Website Designer the FTP software is a great way to manage your Website. Some FTP software is free and some can be purchased on the web its self. Most of the software products do exactly the same, simply because the ftp action for computers is very simple.
Once you have obtained your software and installed it you will be able to log in to your website upload and download files and web pages and then log out.

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Website Hosting Explained

Website Hosting Explained

Website Hosting ExplainedFor a web site to be made available on the Internet, it has to be hosted on a ‘web server’ this is a computer that is constantly connected to the Internet and can accept incoming connections from other computers. It’s just like renting property, because you rent space on the web server from the company that own it. Many companies spend thousands of pounds a year on web hosting for their business critical systems and applications.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is a name or phrase that is associated to your business that will make your website and e-mail address easy to recognise and remember. For example, If my company name was Elizabeth Jordan, the company domain name could be www.magpieimage.co.uk and your e-mail could be enquiries@magpieimage.co.uk

What does it do?

Basically a domain name is a pointer, this means that when a domain name is typed into a browser the domain name points to the web server (host) that the Website is located on. It helps people to identify with your company name or product just by looking at your domain name. When they want to browse your website on-line they will type in your domain name and this will locate your website quickly. It is far easy to remember a domain name than it is to remember a number (IP Address).

Why do I need one?

Every website needs a domain name. If you are a business, you ideally need your own domain name, but if you are working on a personal homepage a domain name isn’t quite as important. Having your own personal domain name is a very professional look and it is also best to be kept short so that your customers and potential customers are not typing in long addresses when they want to contact you. It is also far easier to remember. A domain name on a business card looks much better than a long drawn out name that would be used with just your ISP

Example;
Domain Name = www.magpieimage.co.uk
ISP Name = http://www.globalnet.co.uk/users/~ magpieimage/index.html

What’s the most popular type of hosting plan?

Virtual hosting like Magpie Image’s hosting solutions is the most common plan. It allows people starting a serious business or money making website to get online at a low cost to begin with and as their website grows they can increase the services they require.

What hosting plan do I need?

Before choosing your hosting package, you should identify what your needs are. Make sure you focus on the essentials that are required to launch your website. You may want all the nice extras but will you use them? It’s also a good idea to try and pick a host that will allow you to expand and increase your plan as and when your website grows like Magpie Image.

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