As the internet continues to grow, businesses are migrating from brick and mortar stores to the infinite expanse of e-commerce. Although it makes selling your product that much easier, it presents the danger of cyber criminals hacking your store for customer data. As a store owner, you are liable for that data. Take it from Experian, who lost customer data of over 15 million people to hackers, that getting hacked is not fun.
Fortunately, Shopify now provides all its merchants a cyber padlock to protect their customers. This padlock comes in the form of what’s called an SSL certificate, the industry standard in security technology. An SSL handshake takes place when the web server of a website contacts a browser in a remote location and establishes a secure network. A secure network means that all messages between the server and remote browser are encrypted. Any communication that is intercepted by a hacker becomes useless, it would just appear as a random hash in a string. It’s kind of like cyber Batman patrolling the rooftops of the internet.
Want to know if your connection is secure? Take a peek at your URL bar, if the site you are on begins with HTTPS, is green, and has a padlock symbol then you are on a secure connection. It makes you feel warm inside. You have probably encountered a site that is not SSL certified. A jarring message appears telling you to turn back or proceed with caution. That’s exactly what you don’t want as an e-commerce store. Would you want to shop in a store that’s dimly lit and full of sketchballs? We wouldn’t either.
So rest easy because Shopify has you and your customers covered. You can activate your SSL certificate with just a few clicks from your homepage and just like that you are PCI compliant, your SEO is boosted (since it is now a ranking factor for Google), and you get the cool green padlock next to your domain name. So rest easy, Shopify’s got your back.