HTTP + SSL = HTTPS

by Mark Tschetter

Posted on 2017-03-02 19:16:12


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HTTP + SSL = HTTPS

What It Is and Why Should You Care?

You may have heard the buzzwords HTTPS and SSL flying around more lately. That is likely because beginning January 2017, Google began flagging sites as “not secure” if they collect passwords and credit card numbers over HTTP.

What is HTTP?

HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It allows for your web browser and a web server to relay information between each other.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer. Unlike HTTP, the S in HTTPS indicates that the information from your web browser is encrypted before it is sent to the web server.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL is an acronym for Secure Socket Layer. An SSL certificate encrypts the data that is sent to the website you are interacting with from your computer, proving the identity of the website. Here’s how it works: your web browser requests a web server to verify the identity of the website you’re on. If verified, the web server will respond by sending an SSL certificate. When the website is deemed trustworthy, the HTTPS symbol will appear in the URL bar as a digitally signed acknowledgement that the site’s identity has been verified by a trusted authority.

How can I tell if a site is verified?

In the URL bar of your browser, a lock symbol will be displayed and the URL will begin with https://www…

Why do I want to interact with sites that use HTTPS?

Imagine you are the web browser and your bank is the web server. If you were in a public place and had to shout out your credit card numbers to your bank across the room, would you rather shout those numbers in plain English, or in a coded language that only you and your bank could understand? HTTP is plain English to snoops and hackers, whereas HTTPS is the coded language that makes your information much harder to crack.

Why should I Care?

Not only does Google label non-HTTPS websites as non-secure, they penalize these sites by dropping their ranking in search results. This directly affects your customers’ ability find you. In addition, beyond search ranking concerns, HTTPS is the security standard, and adopting it on your website helps keep you and your website’s visitors protected.

Are you ready to set up SSL on your website? Contact Feynman Group for more information.


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