What is HTTPs?
Taking online security to the next level
What is HTTPs?
HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. It is the means by which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. HTTPs is the secure version of HTTP, the ‘S’ stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.
Since the end of 2016, Google has been advising all websites to move to HTTPs. Many people believe that HTTPs is only necessary for sites that store customer’s sensitive data such as credit card details, e-commerce/online stores, but in fact any data collection points where users interact with website can be seen and exploited on a non-secure website.
From Google Developers website:
Intruders exploit every unprotected resource that travels between your websites and your users. Images, cookies, scripts, HTML … they’re all exploitable. Intrusions can occur at any point in the network, including a user’s machine, a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a compromised ISP, just to name a few.
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By switching to https you will be protecting your users’ data. Since January 2017 Google announced it will now be labelling any page that contains a login, credit card or password field as not secure. This includes front end logins for your customers.
The SEO benefits of HTTPs
There are other benefits besides protecting the user’s data. Sites with HTTPs will do better in search results, so it is great for search engine optimisation (SEO). HTTPs sites also load faster with is better for your SEO and for your customers too as this website demonstrates: www.httpvshttps.com
To identify if a website is using HTTPs look out for a green padlock in the address bar, this will assure you and your customers that the site is secure.
Making the move to HTTPs
Because of this, Lundie are now advising all its clients to make this switch, even if you don’t take customer’s card details online. As mentioned above any data collection points can be exploited.
Let us do the hard work, if you are already hosting your website with Lundie we can offer this for this upgrade for a small one off fee. The SSL Certificate is free, the fee is purely for administration and implementation of the HTTPs. Contact the team today!