HTTP Secure: The Lowdown
When you’re considering internet security and how to apply it to your new business venture, the
term ‘HTTP Secure’ will be commonplace. Also known as https, it facilitates the transfer of sensitive
data, such as credit card details and passwords, from your browser to the web server without the risk
of compromise. A SSL certificate, verified by a Certificate Authority (CA), will prove to your users that
their security matters to you, ensuring that their personal details are in safe hands. A CA Certificate
is the difference between a trusted business and otherwise; if you’re wishing to see your company
flourish, you’d be foolish not to invest in one.
First things first, what is HTTP Secure? When accessing the internet, to surf or find something
specifically, you type a URL address into the address bar of their browser. From here, the browser
connects to the relevant web server, with the help of the DNS which translates what was typed into
the address bar, into an IP address. The server then responds to your request and your desired
content pops up. All of this is completed in regular ‘http://’ style, in plain text, meaning that whatever
data held within these messages won’t be encrypted and can be read by anyone with the means and
the know how.
If you need to encrypt details so that the data can’t be read so easily, that is where “https://” comes
in. Using HTTP Secure gives the browser the necessary ability to find a secure connection to use, so
that everything is encrypted. From the information sent from the browser to the server, to the details
returned, it’s all encrypted and to outsiders, absolute gibberish.
This is particularly important to customers purchasing products from your website – you wouldn’t
enter your personal details into a form that isn’t secure, so why should you expect your potential users
to do so? Do the sensible thing and look into SSL verification, to ensure that your business prospers.