https and ssl Explained by CMS Live Web Specialists

HTTPS and SSL explained

Martin Starkie eCommerce, Online Security, SEO, Server Side & Web Technical, Web Specialists Blog

What you NEED to know about HTTPS?

If you own a website then Cyber security is a serious business for you. Nowadays we share so much of our private information online that, whether we’re sending an email or doing our online banking, it’s never been as important to know that the page we’re on is secure. The first sign of this is often indicated by that wonderful green padlock in the address bar of the browser, but what about when a page isn’t secure – would you notice? There are some changes afoot in browsers that will help you find out how secure you are, and there are some steps you can take to make sure that your customers know your site is secure too.

Payment Gateways
Payments Gateways are all moving to an SSL as a mandatory
requirement over the course of 2017.
Paypal is the biggest and this happens at the end of June 2017.
This requires at least the website checkout pages to have an SSL in place.
Do you need your checkout pages changing to SSL?
Talk to us about your HTTPS

2017 will see huge improvements to online security

Just recently both Firefox version 51 and Chrome version 56 will start showing warnings when websites served via HTTP – i.e. ones that aren’t using the secure HTTPS version – have a form on them. This means they will actively notify you when they aren’t secure but are asking for your information. The warning will show next to the URL address bar and is part of a long-term plan to show a warning on all pages that aren’t secured with HTTPS.

Until now, when you visited a website using HTTPS you would see a green padlock in the top left of the address bar, but the changes mean it will actually say when web pages collect passwords but don’t use HTTPS, flashing up with a ‘connection is not secure’ warning.

In a few years (or hopefully much sooner), EVERY website will be secured through SSL and that’s a very good thing. So if you’re not moving to HTTPS now, you’re going to get left behind fast.

Now is the perfect time to make sure that you’re giving visitors to your website a green light too with an SSL certificate.Martin Starkie

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the site. Users expect a secure and private online experience when using a website. We encourage you to adopt HTTPS in order to protect your users’ connection to your website, regardless of the content on the site.

Security benefits

  • All transferred data is safely encrypted

    and therefore makes no real sense to the web hacker as they do not have the key to decipher it. So, no one can copy your customers’ credit card info or read your Facebook messages, phew!

  • Data integrity is additionally controlled

    which means that sensitive data cannot be modified in any way during the transfer. At least without being noticed.

  • Authentication

    prevents your website from the so-called man in the middle attacks, when a hacker gets full access to the data transmitted between your site and customers, browsing it.

Website Benefits?

  • Better SEO

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Google prefers sites that are trusted and certified. This is because users can be guaranteed that the site will encrypt their information for that extra level of security. And no horrible error messages.

  • Trust

    That green padlock indicates that you take cyber security seriously and helps give users confidence.

  • Identity Verification

    A certificate guarantees the information a browser is receiving originates at the expected domain. It’s a guarantee that when a user sends sensitive data, it’s being sent to the right place, and not to a malicious third-party.

An SSL is essential if you have an online store, process credit card details or have any kind of user login, especially if it accesses personal information.Martin Starkie

Secure your site with an SSL certificate

Learn more about HTTPS and SSL Encryption here or contact us for a friendly chat

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