A change which has been promoted heavily by internet behemoths such as Google and Facebook is the switch from HTTP (port 80) to HTTPS (port 443) connections to websites.

Historically, HTTPS connections were primarily used for websites with payment transactions, e-mail and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems. 

To implement HTTPS in simple terms, you need to buy an SSL certificate and have it implemented on your site and hosting environment. Once this is done you can allow visitors to the site to use both HTTP and HTTPS connections and this has been common practise for some time. It is a quite a common tendency to protect only separate checkout or login pages, rather than the entire site.

Over the past year we’ve seen a lot more websites go a step further and move to HTTPS only, forcing all connections to their website to be handled in this way. We definitely see this as a way forward to a more secure online experience. 

Implementing HTTPS site wideis becoming more the standard practice and is definitely being backed by Google. Google have announced that their updated algorithm will reward website with HTTPS to rank better on search.   This heavily incentivises all websites to switch over to this more secure way of providing access and we expect to see a surge in the number of sites that are HTTPS only.

Do you want more information about how to make your website secure and if having HTTPS is relevant to your website?  Give us a call, lets have a chat and keep your website up to date with digital standards.

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