Check the address bar in your browser.
Is there a green lock icon to the left?
Does is say http:// or https:// ?
(The “S” in HTTPS stands for Secure.)
So what does this all mean?
That lock icon indicates that the connection between your web browser and the web server is secure. Encrypted and cryptographically secure, using the same cutting edge technology used by big banks and when shopping online.
Even if your website isn’t processing financial transactions, there are a number of good reasons why your website should also be secure. In a nutshell, it provides a trusted and optimal user experience. Here’s how:
Personal Privacy – a secure connection ensures that the data transmitted between you and the server can’t easily be intercepted and read by your network admin, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or state actor.
Identity & Trust – the lock indicates the site is configured with a security certificate.
More Browser Features – some new browser features like geolocation and credit-card auto-complete are only available to sites that use HTTPS.
Rank Implications – Many SEO experts believe that websites that are available via HTTPS have better search engine rankings that sites that don’t.
Portage Design can migrate your website to HTTPS.
Related readings on HTTPS website benefits and the transition process.
Here’s to more HTTPS on the web!