What is HTTP / HTTPS?
HTTP is the text which sends information between your device and the website you’re visiting. Most people who look in the URL and see HTTP instead of HTTPS might decide to leave the site and go to find a site which has HTTPS instead to keep their data secure and ensure that they are not at any risk. If you see HTTP in the URL and the site requires a password, email or bank details you should leave. Your personal details will be at high risk of being stolen. HTTP is being phased out on most websites and being swapped for HTTPS because more and more people are caring about security and won’t use a non secure site. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the S stands for secure and encrypts the information being sent between your device and the website you’re visiting and makes it virtually unreadable by 3rd partys.
Keeping safe online
When purchasing products and putting bank details into a website you need to make sure that it has HTTPS in the top URL, this way the data you put in stays unknown to anyone who shouldn’t have it. When you go on to a site that doesn’t have HTTPS a hacker could send you to anywhere they want and download harmful stuff such as malware. Some people even go as far as downloading a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to make their data and their device extra safe and make sure that no hackers have a chance at getting to their personal details.
Google Chrome helps you to keep safe from hackers, it displays a warning to tell you that something isn’t secure, this is help for people that either don’t know about HTTP and HTTPS or people that just don’t check, a lot of people use chrome just because of this feature. A lot more people these days care more about privacy than they did only 10 years ago, but hackers have also developed their knowledge which is why many browsers make it clearly known when your on a secure or a non secure site.
For website owners…
Having your site secure helps you have a higher ranking on Google. Google doesn’t like non secure sites it even expects HTTPS to be default. Having HTTPS helps in more than one way, not only does it help people stay on your site because of safety but it improves the speed of the site, anything you can do to stay ahead of the competition—particularly by prioritising security—is crucial.
Even if your site is big or small, e-commerce or blog, it doesn’t matter: it will need solid security measures. Being an owner of a website you have responsibilities to make sure visitors data is safe and secure.
Advantages of HTTPS
- Protection from hackers (users information such as bank details are encrypted and cannot be intercepted)
- It increases user confidence in the website
- HTTPS improves google search rankings
- Keeps your mobile phone secure (more and more people use their mobile phone to surf the internet and make online purchases)
Disadvantages of HTTPS
- SSL Certificate issuance can be a paid service.
- Potential for problems while transitioning a website from HTTP to HTTPS
- HTTPS is a new technology to the internet which means there is still some small improvements to make.
Is HTTPS the future?
There are around 4 billion internet users and people are getting more and more protective of their data, which means to keep the amount of users on your site you will need to convert to HTTPS rather than HTTP. Many hosting companies offer SSL Certificates as part of their services because of how important it is to have a site which is secure. The combination of user demand and encouragement from browsers makes it clear that the full transformation from HTTP to HTTPS will be very soon.