Remember, there’s no need to panic just yet! The process of securing your website and donation forms is pretty straightforward. All you’ll need is to contact your website hosting company, and add an SSL Certificate — a “digital signature” that verifies your content — to your website.
If you need help, you can have your website’s developer or IT administrator look into this for you. But according to Google’s Support team, here are the steps you need to take:
- Obtain an SSL Certificate from a certificate authority (CA) to verify your website’s authenticity. This can be done in a matter of minutes and at a very low cost on websites like Servertastic.
- Implement 301 Redirects to navigate your users and search engines from your HTTP page to your new HTTPS connection.
- Index your HTTPS site with Google.
- There are some other common red flags to avoid, all of which Google’s Support team lays out in its Support article.
Remember the old adage: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By securing your website with an HTTPS connection, you not only reduce liability and the possibility of hacking attempts, you’ll earn your donors’ trust, too.