What is HTTPS?
HTTPS is the security system you often see when shopping online – You will often see a padlock icon next to the address bar in your browser. HTTPS is also sometimes referred to as SSL or “having an SSL Certificate”.
HTTP VS HTTPS
A system called HTTP is used to create the connection between you and the website. In it’s standard form (HTTP) this process is insecure i.e. not encrypted. HTTPS is the secure/encrypted version of this connection.
What are the benefits of HTTPS?
- Security – All data sent and received by your website is encrypted; no one can tap into that connection to read the data.
- Customer assurance – Customers will see the padlock next to your web address in their browser and know that their data is secure.
- SEO – Google has begun ranking websites running over HTTPS higher than websites running HTTP only.
- Web browsers – Google Chrome is now showing web sites not running over HTTPS as “Insecure” next to the address bar.