Users visiting your website will be warned with a “Not Secure” message in upcoming versions of the widely used internet browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox if your website is not served via HTTPS. As two of the world’s most popular browsers which account for nearly 70% of global internet traffic, it won’t be long until the remaining browsers follow suit – so if your website isn’t served via HTTP, now is a good time to consider it. If all this sounds like a foreign language to you, here is a simple breakdown:
What is HTTPS and what does it do?
HTTPS (represented by the green lock icon in the address bar as pictured above), which stands for ‘Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure’ is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. HTTPS lets the browser check that it has opened the correct website and hasn’t been redirected to a malicious website and that the data sent or received on a website is safe from attackers.
Warning users of websites that are not served via HTTPS is a collective effort by major internet browser companies to reduce data theft, cyber attacks and to make the internet a safer place. As part of our service, Switch IT will include a free SSL Certificate (to enable HTTPS) in all our website offerings.