You added items to your cart and you just click to check out and make the payment. But suddenly your address bar goes from HTTP to HTTPS. Sometimes a lock hanging with a different font colour also appears in the address bar. What’s going on?
While casual users barely notice it, it is a difference worth noticing as the two protocols, at the start of the URL, showcase significant difference in the web pages you visit and the website performance. If you never noticed this, then we bet this information will expand new horizons as you can consider this as the first lesson of internet security.
HTTP and HTTPS, both, are used to exchange information between a web server and a browser. Well, the presence of the extra ‘S’ simply stands for Secure. This means, the data entered on HTTPS is encrypted and secured.
HTTP is used widely to exchange data on the World Wide Web. But, it is not secured, if intercepted then anyone can have an access to the data easily. Think of the customer information you just entered while shopping online, or the credit/debit card details. Let’s say you are using public Wi-Fi at the airport. If you are not connected to a secure server, then anyone can read your information and the ‘man in the middle’ can steal your personal information. So to save yourself from such attacks, you need encryption. This is why as soon as you proceed to checkout, the address bar automatically gets redirected to HTTPS, making the data and financial transactions secure. Simply putting, HTTPS is a secured extension of HTTP. It is powered by Transport Layer Security, a standard technology driven security and upgraded version of Secure Sockets Layer. Besides encrypting data, TLS authenticates the connected server and also protects the data. Web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox usually have a padlock in their address bar to indicate that the HTTPS connection is in effect.
The internet has almost 4 billion users. And the combination of conscious users, awareness of internet security and encouragement from web browsers, indicates that the full transition from HTTP to HTTPS might happen soon. If you are ready to make the significant switch to improve your website’s performance then let BluBrandz handle the procedure for you. Our expert team can help you switch to HTTPS or add a secured layer to your website. If any queries, Contact us today