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Concerns Related To Lack Of SSL Certificate And Fix For CPanel Shared Hosting With A Fully Automated Let's Encrypt(TM) Client
13:42:35 - 05 December 2018

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The first 3rd party app for cPanel that does complete automation (including SSL installation) of Let's Encryptâ„¢ SSL certificate without root access. [News by Speedify.tech.]

BELTSVILLE, Md. (PRWEB)December 05, 2018 - Starting from October 16, 2018, with the release of version 70, Google Chrome flags the 'Not secure' text in RED color along with a red triangle when a user starts typing in an input field of an HTTP website, even if that is a tiny search form. As a quick fix at free of cost, Speedify.tech has developed a PHP app 'FreeSSL.tech Auto' (https://freessl.tech), which automatically issues, renews and installs Let's Encrypt™ free SSL certificate on cPanel shared hosting. The app is friendly even for less tech-savvy users. Users don't need programming experience to install and configure the app.

The concept of making SSL secured website only to accept credit card is backdated today. The world wide web is moving towards complete HTTPS. Since July 24, 2018, Google Chrome flags all the websites as 'Not secure' that doesn't have SSL certificate installed. If the user clicks on the 'Not secure' flag, Chrome tells 'Your connection to this site is not secure'.

As per Google Chrome blog, "Since our announcement nearly two years ago, HTTPS usage has made incredible progress. We’ve found in our Transparency Report that, 76 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up from 42 percent. 85 percent of Chrome traffic on ChromeOS is now protected, up from 67 percent. 83 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default, up from 37."

Security is the top priority at Google. Google algorithm started considering 'HTTPS as a ranking signal' since August 2014. So, if your website still not using HTTPS, it's too late!

Not only Google Chrome; but Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc. all the major web browsers are enforcing more and more strict security policies to protect the users. If a website doesn't have HTTPS, Firefox displays an information icon in the address bar, clicking on which displays 'Connection Is Not Secure' in red color. Opera flags all the websites as 'Not secure' that don't have SSL certificate installed. If you click on the 'Not secure' flag, you see 'Your connection to this site is not secure' in red.

What does it mean to an online business or a personal blog? If the website still depends on HTTP, it'll most likely face a massive loss in traffic. Google, through all its organic channels, may have already started reducing traffic to the websites that have failed to install SSL certificate. There is a high possibility of increasing in bounce rate as well. Many visitors, who see the 'Not secure' warning, may leave the website immediately.

Why have all the browsers taken HTTPS so seriously?

  • Because, with HTTP, all the data transfer as plain text. Anyone in between the user and the server can read the data easily. An attacker can even modify the contents of an HTTP website before it reaches the user's browser. Whereas, with HTTPS the data transfer happens with encryption. Anyone in between can't decrypt or modify the data. So by installing an SSL certificate on your website, you gain the trust of your users quickly.
  • SSL certificate makes surfing your website over public Wi-Fi safer.
  • Moreover, if you enable HTTP/2 on your HTTPS website, it loads faster.
  • Now you don't need to spend a single penny to get an SSL certificate.

Here is how to do the complete automation of free SSL certificate in cPanel shared hosting

1. Go to https://freessl.tech and check the Minimum System Requirements.

2. On the home page click 'download now' button and download the app (2.71 MB).

3. Upload the app to your server.

4. Create a MySQL (or MariaDB) database and user.

5. Run the app installation script by accessing its URL with your web browser. The URL is something like http://www.YourDomain.com/mycert

6. Once you complete installing, log in to the app and configure it. Provide the required data.

7. When you are ready with the configuration, add a cron job. You're done!

Any issue? "We are here to help you," said Anindya Sundar Mandal, Lead Developer of FreeSSL.tech Auto.

*Let's Encrypt™ is a trademark of the Internet Security Research Group. All rights reserved.

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