Google Chrome, the most preferred and user friendly browser, has announced in its latest blog about its strong advocacy for HTTPS encryption. From last many years, it has been making continuous efforts to make people understand the significance of secure websites. But now, the tech giant has decided to mark all the HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ with the release of its latest version, Chrome 68. HTTPS, known to all, is the secure form of HTTP, i.e. secure hypertext transfer protocol.
Transition from HTTP to HTTPS
Currently, Chrome displays a green lock icon in the address bar of HTTPS-encrypted sites and it shows a neutral information icon to users when they stumble upon a HTTP site. However, from July it’ll add an extra notification in the browser’s address bar to indicate if the site is secure or not. Though, since 2015 Google had been down-ranking the HTTP sites yet this step seems to be a forceful step to direct users towards encrypted sites browsing.
Why switch to HTTPS
HTTPS is a protocol that enables users to communicate between different systems. It includes how you transfer data from your server to Web browser to land on a website. The encryption of websites from HTTP to HTTPS ensures security and protects the path between your browser and the site you visit. Apparently, this ensures that no one can temper or spy on your online browsing activities. So, while you share you personal info such as your passwords or credit card details online, you don’t have to worry about keeping them secure.
But, with HTTP your path is not encrypted. And, if one gets access to your router or ISP, they can intercept your personal information or even force malware into your system. If you are browsing a website that is not HTTPS, then your data may be at risk. This is highly significant for websites that share sensitive data such as e-commerce sites where you share your credit and debit card details, or other important login information.
Benefits of moving from HTTP to HTTPS
Switching from HTTP to HTTPS is fairly simple process. There are many automated tools such as Let’s Encrypt and Google’s Lighthouse, which enable easy migration to encrypted address. You may also contact your hosting service provider to purchase an SSL certificate and a dedicated IP address. They will help you configure your website to encrypted type.
The remarkable benefits of getting HTTPS certificate for your website include:
- Encryption of sensitive customer information, such as credit card numbers etc. Therefore, data is secure over encrypted sites.
- Your website visitors can trust and verify you as a registered site. This will boost your traffic.
- Increased traffic means increased sales. And, customers prefer to make purchases from sites they can trust.
- Get better ranking in Google search results.