Google is forcing everyone to go to a more secure way to access web sites. Very soon Google is going to start to lower search rankings to sites that are HTTP in favor of sites that are HTTPS. HTTPS is a secure way to access sites – the communication from computer to website is encrypted.
HTTPS has been the preferred way to go to certain types of sites for quite some time. Bank and e-commerce sites mainly. HTTPS make it much more difficult for hackers to get your personal information such as credit card numbers, usernames and passwords and other information you might be entering when visiting websites. Here is an article that sort of gives an introduction to HTTPS and how to get an SSL which is a certificate and access code that is used at the server lever to make websites secure.
Most of us have websites set up on shared hosting plans and typically in the past shared hosting does not use what is called a static IP and a static IP had been one of the requirements to getting a SSL and creating an HTTPS site. Most hosting companies do offer plans where you can have a static IP but those plans typically cost a lot more than shared hosting.
I know that for most of you the paragraph above does not make a lot of sense. The thing to know is the IP is an address 188.8.131.52 and is used for computers to find things.
The thing to know is browsers will begin to show a warning that a site is not secure if the site does not have an SSL and uses HTTPS to get to the site. Soon (maybe a few months maybe longer) Google will not even show in search sites that are HTTP.
There are some very inexpensive and even free ways to get an SSL and make you website HTTPS and I will be showing you how to do this later on.