Are you questioning if your little ‘ol blog needs site security? Well, have you ever received a notice from a business that your personal or financial information was stolen by a hacker? I bet the moment you realized you were exposed, your heart began to sink, huh?

Maybe you are thinking that because you aren’t a large corporation like Target or Chipotle, that you don’t need to worry about your small little blog’s site security. Trust me, not taking precautions to lock down your blog’s data now, may cost you in the future.

Today, so many people rely on the internet for information and to conduct business. It’s important that internet sites are reliable, trust worthy and secure. With the rapid growth in technology, search engine’s like Google decided it was extremely important that websites let their visitors know if they were visiting a secure site by using an SSL certificate.

A SSL certificate is used to provide third-party validation of your encryption key, so someone else can’t pretend to be your website. SSL also ensures that user data like names, emails and credit card numbers are protected.

It’s important to quickly spot secure websites so that you don’t put your information in jeopardy. In fact, a few years back, Google started prioritizing sites with SSL certificates in their search ranking.

If you come across a site that doesn’t have one, you’ll notice a red lock with a white x in the web browser and an error message that states “Your connection is not private”. Once the SSL certification has been applied to the website, you’ll notice “https://” in the front of the url and a green lock in the web browser.

Hello Ambi Designs & Hosting customers receive this premium service at no additional cost. It’s FREE and included in all of our blog hosting plans. There are other sites that don’t offer this service with their hosting. If you currently don’t have an SSL certificate for your blog site, you may need to purchase your SSL certificate separately. Before spending money on a SSL certificate, make sure this product isn’t offered free with your hosting services. You could need to make adjustments in your CPanel to connect your SSL to your site.

Do I really need security for my blog’s site? You absolutely should have a SSL certificate and be taking your blog’s site security serious if you want to be found in search engine’s, care about helping your users protect their data and want to be trusted in your field. Pro Tip: If your user’s personal information is ever breached, you should definitely send out a notice from right away.