HTTPS is becoming more and more common nowadays. There are many reasons why website operators are making the change, and we feel it is definitely necessary in the modern world. See what HTTPS really means for you.
What is HTTPS?
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP. HTTP is the procedure used to send data between your computer browser and the website that you are connecting to. That extra ‘S’ at the end stands for ‘Secure’ and means that any communications between you and the website are encrypted to add that extra reassurance to a user that their information is safe.
What will HTTPS do?
Generally, most websites that use a customer login area will already be using HTTPS anyway. For example, you will notice social media sites like Twitter or Facebook will display the green lock symbol, as well as financial sites such as Lloyds bank or Natwest. This is because it will help to prevent hackers from seeing information you enter or submit via the website. It will also stop your internet service provider (ISP) from seeing the specific pages you have visited on a website beyond the homepage. That reassuring lock icon will guarantee that your private information exchanged whilst visiting the site will be kept private and encrypted. A HTTPS (or SSL) certificate will ensure your website cannot be altered and will provide authentication to give users the confidence they are connecting and exchanging information with a legitimate website as opposed to an attacker.
Wait, what is SSL?!
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the security technology to establish an encrypted connection between a web server (where your website is hosted) and web browsers. It ensures that this connection stays private and prevents it being intercepted. It can seem complicated with anagrams and terms but, quite simply, it keeps your user’s website connections secure and allows browsers to display your website with a HTTPS lock. The SSL certificate is what will allow you to display this. We explain SSL in more detail on our other blog post: SSL Certificates and why you need one.
It’s very easy to change your website to HTTPS. Not only will it keep you and your users safe, it will also aid the security of the web in general. If you have a website that is not using HTTPS, we advise that you do make the change. Encrypting your website will make the site more secure for not only you but also your visitors. People can look to the HTTPS to verify that your site is trustworthy. This can especially be helpful if you are asking for sensitive information. For example, if your website takes payments. If people can see that their sensitive information get’s encrypted, they would be more likely to buy from you than say a non-secure competitor.
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