Secure authentication – HTTPS is so 2019
This week we had a client email us with a screenshot of a warning. And it prompted us to finally get around to addressing this not so subtle warning. If you’re also seeing a “Not Secure” Warning in Chrome? OR Safari for you MAC users out there… find out what to do about it.
What Is HTTPS?
So let’s get technical…. HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) and HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) are both a “language” – for lack of a better word – that allow for passing of information between web servers and clients. The major difference is that HTTPS is a secure connection, whereas HTTP is unsecure. With a standard HTTP connection, it is possible for unauthorised parties to observe the conversation between your computer/smartphone and the website.
HTTPS connection adds a blanket of security encrypting said data for it’s protection using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), sometimes called Transport Layer Security (TLS).
Before you only needed SSL certificate if your website required entering of sensitive information such as your password or credit card information. No one wants their information stolen by hackers So…. in an effort make the online world a safer place new rules now also cover any simple form entry.
In short: HTTP is not secure, and you should never trust your sensitive information to such a site. HTTPS is secure and is set to become the web standard.
Move your website to https:// (green padlock)
Securing your site is easy and the next conversation that you should be with your hosting provider. Get a secure website hosting solution for your business. Contact your hosting provider and ask for a quote for the cost of an install of SSL.