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Why You Need SSL by July 2018
Google Changes!in February 2018, Google made an announcement regarding SSL certificates, also known as https. This announcement said:
For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as “not secure”. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.
What Does This Mean?Basically, Google is saying that because a connection to a website via HTTPS encryption is more secure, they’ve been gradually marking pages where visitors information is transmitted, as “not secure.” This could be anything from a ecommerce checkout page to just a simple contact form. Starting in July, any form that accepts a user’s data will be marked as “not secure” on Chrome, if it’s not using HTTPS.
The bottom line is that if you have a website with any kind of form on it where visitors submit information (this includes a simple contact form), you’ll need to have an SSL certificate installed and your website configured to use HTTPS, or else the Chrome browser is going to show visitors a big warning on those pages, which could make them nervous to be on your website. For the best user experience, your website should have site-wide HTTPS.
What is SSL?SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a security protocol that encrypts the links between server and client, which can be between a website and a browser or a mail server and the mail client (Outlook is an example of this). By encrypting the link, this allows for your connection to be private. This means no one besides you and the website can access or see what you are sharing with the website. For example, you go to a store online to buy some clothes, you finish picking out your items and go to the shopping cart to purchase them. Part of purchasing the items is entering your name, address, and credit card information. When a website uses SSL it has a secure link allowing for your information to not be viewed and ultimately stolen. This does not mean the website you shared your information with cannot be hacked and your saved information cannot be taken, but it means that when you are interacting with the website your information at that time is not viewable.
his also means that even if you are on non-encrypted WiFi (say at a coffee shop or public library), your connection those sites is still encrypted, so you’re still safe. This is why all the legitimate banking, e-commerce, email, and other mission-critical websites implemented SSL (HTTPS) encryption long ago. They knew they couldn’t keep people from getting on WiFi that wasn’t secure, but they could make it so it wouldn’t matter, at least while connecting to their website.
Do I Need it for My Website?You may be thinking, but I am not an E-Commerce store. I don’t take credit card information. The truth is most websites will need to upgrade from http to https, but just for clarity’s sake ask yourself this question. Does your website take in any information like comments or contact information? If the answer is yes, then you need get SSL soon. This is especially true with Google’s upcoming changes, which may display warnings on your site in the Chrome browser and hurt your SEO for search ranking.
How Do I Get it?There are quite a few options on how to add an SSL certificate to your site. The first option would be to look at your hosting company. Many hosting companies offer SSL . Most of those have a simple, 2 or 3 click install process. But even once you have an SSL certificate, you still need to tell your website to use it for all visitors.
How Much Going to be Cost me ?
One Domain Name (or) One URL (or ) One IP addresses
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Google Maps API License Update
Google Maps License Process & FAQSince the launch of Mizani Apps, we have been absorbing the cost of Google Maps usage for our products. On June 11th, 2018 Google is making changes to their pricing structure that will stop us from being able to do so.
To learn more about the Google Maps pricing change
Our platform allows for the integration of your own Google Maps License. A Google Maps License allows to you utilize map data for location based features in your application.
How do I get my own Google Maps License?
1. Go to https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/#get-started
If you already have one, here is Google's guide for existing users: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/user-guide/ 2. Select "Get Started" 3. Select all three Google Maps Platforms (Maps, Routes & Places) 4.Enter in your domain (less www. or .net) in the Project Name 5. Follow instructions to create billing account if needed. Note: At this point, Google may also make an offer for a $300 trial of Google Cloud Products. Google has confirmed this is separate and you will not be charged for any Google Cloud Products unless you use them.
6. Continue the Google Maps setup to receive your API Key. Save this key.
7. Click the 'API Console' link in this popup.
8. Scroll to "Key Restrictions" and select “HTTP referrers (web site)” under Application restrictions. 9. Next, under “Accept requests from these HTTP referrers (web sites)” enter the following requests:
- *.yourdomain.com (example: *.smbmarketing.com)
- subdomain.yourdomain.com (example: login.smbmarketing.com)
- yourdomain.com (example: submarketing.com)
- All of your PWA Custom Domains you wish to attribute to this key.