Hey, people! The site you are browsing now is secure now with a Secure Sockets Layer or SSL that encrypts the data that will transfer between the hosting server of my site and your computer or mobile device.
What does this mean?
It was not common place to get a certificate for a website that is not indulging in a financial transaction till a year ago. However, of late, there seems to be an upswing to this trend. Browsers detect any physical input by the user as an interaction, be it a comment or using a contact form.
Hence, it has become imperatives that some day soon, every website will need to be encrypted. Sooner, the better.
Mine is just a blog, so do I need to have an SSL too?
See, Google pretty much controls most of the means of access to an internet site. Be it with the browser, mobile or search engine. More than 90% of the people who access internet use Google in some form of another. That does scare a lot of us, yet it also helps Google to dictate terms.
Both Apple (Safari) and Google will soon start informing users on sites that are not secure. To start with, Google will warn users when they are in the Incognito mode or private browsing. If you have any forms (comments are forms) running on your website, then Apple and Google will require you to be HTTPS secure. Failing to have an SSL will prompt the browser to issue a warning to the user.
Now, you need to have a really smart user to identify if the warning is unnecessary or she/he would want to stop in their tracks and not access your blog! In the days and times of internet where hacking a website is simple, for an alert user, a subtle warning can stop him in his tracks and rethink if he wants to hit the site or close the window.