You may have seen news reportsrecently about websites switching over to HTTPS. But what does it mean?
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping order forms.
Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome also display a padlock icon in the address bar to visually indicate that an HTTPS connection is in effect.
From July 2018, Google will start labeling all sites still using unencrypted HTTP as “not secure” on version 48 of Chrome. This will inform users about how sites you visit operate and in turn put pressure on website owners to switch over to HTTPS.
HTTPS can’t solve every problem when it comes to online security. As far as preventative measures go, however, it’s relatively cheap to implement and serves as a strong baseline before tackling other, more difficult issues.
In addition to security concerns, Google also uses HTTPS as a ranking metric for search. By continuing to hang on to HTTP, your website will get less traffic directed towards it than it otherwise would, which could have a knock-on effect on the site’s revenue.
The major benefits of an HTTPS certificate are:
- Customer information, like credit card numbers, is encrypted and cannot be intercepted.
- Visitors can verify you are a registered business and that you own the domain.
- Customers are more likely to trust and complete purchases from sites that use HTTPS.
Changing your website over to work with HTTPS is a fairly straight-forward task. We can carry out the necessary works to change your website over to work with HTTPS. Alternatively, we offer a comprehensive and secure Web Hosting service giving you peace of mind your most important sales tool is in safe hands.
If you would like more information on this or would like us to carry out this work for you, get in contact today with our qualified helpdesk engineers who will make the arrangements for you.
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