Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the digital world around people making their websites HTTPS, with many saying they are waiting, and many saying they did it a long time ago. In this article I am going to discuss the best practices to securing your website with an SSL Certificate, I will talk about;
What is HTTPS?
HTTPS is basically the secure version of HTTP, which is the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the site you’re trying to reach. The S on the end of HTTP means secure, and this is down to all communications between your browser and the website being encrypted if you use HTTPS.
How will switching to HTTPS benefit me?
Three layers of protection
Encryption. The data that is exchanged between the browser and the website is encrypted. This means that when users are on your website, nobody can “listen” to their conversations, track what they’re doing or steal their information.
Data integrity. When this transfer is happening, data cannot be modified, intentionally or otherwise, without being found out.
Authentication. Proves that your users communicate with the intended website. This helps prevent man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust, which translates into other business benefits, find out more about building consumer confidence here.
Google actually announced that using HTTPS on your website will give a minor boost to rankings, they stated that this will be a very small benefit, but could become more significant over time, but, as anyone who does SEO will know, any benefit is worthwhile.