HTTPS stands for hypertext transfer protocol secure. Many of us know HTTPS simply from our browser bar, but what it represents is a protocol that’s used for transferring data across the Internet. HTTPS works to protect the communication between the server and your browser and it will make sure that your data is not being intercepted.

Any website that has the lock icon or HTTPS in the URL is protected by the security. Without the help of this security any attacker could get a hold of data as your computer accesses the server that the data is on. This could result in sensitive data such as your address, payment details or password being taken from the website.

Network attacks can happen often on public Wi-Fi networks, people accessing your router or even people hacking into your Internet service provider. Using a website that has HTTPS will work to encrypt all of the requests to make sure that anyone that’s trying to intercept data from the website would just get access to a mass of random characters.

The only way to enable HTTPS on your website is to get the appropriate TLS certificate installed on your server. This certificate is also called an SSL certificate and they are issued by certificate authorities. You can usually access these certificates through your hosting provider and it’s likely that you’ll get access to a free TLS certificate as part of your hosting. The problem with the free TLS certificates is that they only offer a basic validation technique. This can be fine for websites that don’t handle any sensitive information but if you’re going to be processing payments on your website, using EV TLS certificates can be much more trustworthy.

If you’d like to learn more about HTTPS or you’d like assistance with installing it on your website, contact us today for more info.

This post was written by Kristian D’An. Kristian is the owner and SEO Specialist at Lux Digital Marketing, a search engine optimization company. Kristian has been optimizing websites successfully for over 7 years. He has helped his clients achieve the #1 position on Google in several different industries.