What is HTTPS and why should you care?

Posted by PDM   04/06/2018
Have you ever noticed that some websites addresses start with “HTTP://” while others start with “HTTPS://”? In this article, we describe what HTTP and HTTPS mean and why it is in your interest to care. 

Who is this article for? 

Website owners and web users

Glossary and Meanings

HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure which appears in the URL (website address) when the website is secured by an SSL certificate. 

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer is the standard technology for maintaining a secure internet connection to safeguard sensitive data transfer between the site and the user. The “SSL Certificate” certifies that a site is HTTPS secure.

What HTTPS means for you as a website user:

Naturally, when you’re browsing the Internet and landing on different web pages you will have entered into either a secure “HTTPS” connection or a non-secure “HTTP” connection for each site. 

If for any reason you are asked to enter any personal or sensitive information via the website you are on (i.e. To make a purchase, enter a password or sign-up to a newsletter) Make it a good practice to check the web-address link for “HTTPS Secure” and, or, a “Green Padlock” before you enter anything. Providing your information on an unsecured network makes you susceptible to hackers, scammers or other malicious individuals. 

What HTTPS means to you as a website owner:

When people enter your site, you’ll want them to click on your links or enter text-form information. Thus, it should be in your best interest to ensure that they feel safe and secure when doing so. As the website owner, your efforts in your web security validates a sense of “trust” between your website brand and the end user. 

Needless to say, website security is paramount. If you have not yet enabled HTTPS you will be susceptible to data privacy issues as well as getting red flags against your website from Google and buried in the search engine results pages beyond the reach of most your market audience. 

Since 2014, HTTPS has been a Google ranking signal. More so, as of July 2018, with the release of Google Chrome 68, Google wants an even more secure web by encouraging a global adoption of SSL/HTTPS. 

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