Security is something that is ever-changing and can always be improved, especially online within the world-wide-web world. 2016 is being hailed as the year for cyber security. We are beefing up our education and offerings on security this year so stay tuned.
There are many levels of security considerations for your website. Last week we talked about application security – specifically WordPress security suggestions. Today we address the Protocol level of security. Layering your protection increases your ability to fend of attackers and hackers.
Security and your choice of Protocol
More and more we rely on the internet to protect and share our data. In 2014 alone, companies such as Michaels, Home Depot, Goodwill, UPS, Dairy Queen, Jimmy John’s, and Sony had company and consumer data breaches that were big service and operation disruptions. In the age where nearly everything takes place online, security is very important. Believe it or not, the security of your online data might very well be the difference between serving a website with a HTTPS protocol instead of a HTTP protocol.
What is HTTPS?
Did we lose you with the whole HTTP and HTTPS thing? Let us explain. HTTP stands for hypertext transfer protocol and it is the way a web server communicates with your web browser like Firefox and Chrome. HTTP lets visitors view a site and send information back to the web server (GoDaddy). So why is the ‘S’ at the end of
Why is HTTPS so important?
The ‘S’ in HTTPS stands for secure, so if you’re on a website that is for example https://www.google.com, your connection is safe and secure. The advantage of having a secure connection is that any data transferred between the server and your browser is encrypted by a secure certificate known as an SSL. No third-party can then intercept that data.
Another reason to use HTTPS is for enhanced SEO
Added security is a huge benefit to enabling an SSL certificate for your website, but another one is SEO and where your site ranks. In mid-2014, Google enacted a new page rank method that would give a website a boost if they used HTTPS protocol over HTTP protocol. The effect of not having HTTPS protocol on your website doesn’t affect rank as much now as it will in the future, as Google continues to weigh this factor heavier in their ranking process.
If you have any questions about SSL certificates, HTTPS vs. HTTP, or anything else on the web relating to security, don’t hesitate to contact us.