Internet security has been around forever and is gradually getting more attention with major players, like Google, that has started an intensive drive for a ‘Safer Worldwide Web’.
As developers, we would provide different levels of security for websites where required. Some websites, in particular those on which commercial transactions are done, obviously require a higher level of data security, such as SSL certification - a form of encrypting online data.
The primary benefit of using a SSL (Secure Socket Layers) Certificate is to create a secure connection between the user's computer and the server that the website is hosted on. This gives potential customers and buyers peace of mind when providing sensitive and personal information like credit card details.
As part of the drive towards a safer web, more emphasis will be placed on 'secure websites' by companies like Google and other search engines - even to the point of ranking them higher on search results. That off course makes one wonder if a secure website will help with website promotion?
For more information on website security, the benefits and the cost thereof, feel free to contact me.