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SSL Certificates and Google… (Coming Soon—Customer Beware)

After next month, you will not be able to look for site that don’t have #SSL_certificates, which means that the site will begin with Https, instead of Http! Google is requiring this because of security reasons, of course, but for the person who is just a daily blogger and isn’t monetizing their site, this causes a bigger expense than I’ve ever encountered. I’m wondering if less people (especially kids who don’t have the money to spend on a $250 a year secure site) will be invading the web with millions of websites. Below is my story:

The web is a dark place when it comes to things that most of don’t see going on. We look at the nice pictures and don’t look at the code beneath that could be infecting your computer as you look. More and more we need to be advised—as I hope I am doing now—to make your sites and anything you host, even your email, as secure as possible. Companies aren’t lying to you when it comes to adding the most security you can on your computer. Run virus programs on a  monthly basis or in the background, because your computers (even Macs, which mine is) are susceptible to malware that is trying to infect everyone, no matter who you are.

I have been through the ringer with my 3 websites in the past 2 weeks. If you have been trying to get to a link for angel feast or Finding Authentic You, you probably were not able to get through. Why? Scammers tried to fry my websites…

I ask myself why anyone would want to do such a thing to a harmless blog that isn’t even making any money. It’s just there to help people. I can think of no reason except that (1) people are mean (2) web companies want people to hack their clients so they will buy their security products or (3) or there is a real threat to anyone like me who is against Factory Farms. I’m at a loss, otherwise.

Anyhow, what has happened in the past 2 weeks, after much fuss over my website from the developing site was that it realized that 13,000 of my users were Spammers out the 17,000.  This really doesn’t bother me, because when you look at a blog, you basically look at how many people visit your site, not how many users you have that signed up. Users don’t add up to much, in the end, especially because most users don’t continue to come back every day.

I say all of this because $650 later, I finally have my blogs and website back up and they are fully secured with SSL certificates. You will be able to search for my sites, subjects, and not have to worry about any kind of garbage spammers following you into a dark garage with disembodied spirits floating around. That might sound like a harsh metaphor, but it actually isn’t.

Buyer beware. Observer beware. Friends and clients, beware what you click on in the future. The World Wide Web has become a place where people sway elections and spam all of us into believing what we see. Remember this: Only the people who understand code actually know where pictures and corrupt spam come from. I’m not one of them.

What you want to look for is a secure site: HTTPS, not http…. in the future!

 

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