Back in 2014 Google announced that HTTPS is go be used by every website. Behind this decision was their desire to create a more secure internet environment for everyone. Around the same time Mozilla began to phase out outdated SSL certificates. Both companies announced that new rules were going to be implemented in 2017.
Currently, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, mark your website as “unsafe” if you don’t use this protocol. If you don’t want to lose visitors, read more to learn how to make sure that your website is safe.
What is HTTPS?
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), is a protocol for secure communications on a computer network. The encrypted communication between client and server, prevents data tampering or eavesdroppers on your website.
What is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, and it is the standard security technology that encrypts the link between web server and a browser. This link will make sure that all data exchanged between web servers and browsers remain private and secure. A significant number of websites use SSL, however, there are many without an SSL certificate.
Are HTTPS and SSL that important?
To access most websites, the URL usually begins with “HTTP”. The unsecured version of the protocol that transfers data between the web server and your browser. In 2014 Google offered three reasons for securing websites with HTTPS and SSL. Authentication, Data Integrity and Encryption, the three touch on various issues that constantly come up in communications over the web.
2017 rules will directly impact your website
If your website does not have a secure connection, it is consequently marked as unsafe. Getting an SSL Certificate would make sure your connection is secure, and visitors will also see it in the web address. At vBoxx we have many types of SSL Certificates available, you can always ask us for advice in which one would be suitable for your website. All our webhosting packages include an SSL certificate, this way we guarantee that your website doesn’t have a lower web browser rating.
You can always visit our SSL page where you can find additional information about SSL Certificates and how to acquire one.