Last week Google published another article on it’s Webmasters Blog, talking yet again about the importance of HTTPS secure web browsing. We mentioned this a while back, last year in fact, and talked about how Google rewards sites with SSL certificates and secure https:// in search results.
Webmasters are quickly catching up, and soon I’m sure it will be really frowned upon to have a site without an SSL certificate, particularly if you sell products online.
What are HTTPS and SSL?
Look at the top of your web browser, in the address bar. You will see the URL for this page on our website, with a little green padlock next to it and the https: reference in green. This means our site is secure for people who are browsing it, meaning any details they enter are protected and encrypted.
To make a website secure, you or your Web Developer must purchase an SSL cerficate, which you install at your web host to make your site secure.
What Do They Stand For?
HTTPS = Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure
SSL = Secure Socket Layer
What Should I Do Next?
If I were you, I would hurry up and make the switch to https before your website is affected!