What’s one of the most important emotions to learn while visiting a website? In addition to a seamless navigation and page relevance, users deserve to feel secure when visiting websites. Especially when it comes to online shopping, when you have to offer your payment details, sign up with your postal code, etc., sometimes you may feel uneasy, and consumers may feel secure that they exchange their information safely. 

As webmasters, we can deliver stable websites, we only need a special certificate that certifies that the data of the user will be secured. Often this can only be accomplished on those sites regardless of the budget or the scale of the domain, as conversion to HTTPS requires a lot of work. Anyway, let’s take a closer look at this subject.

What is the Protocol HTTPS?

As we have already mentioned, the HTTPS Protocol is used to secure sensitive data during online purchases such as online banking, filling in forms or online shopping. This protocol uses SSL/TLS-based coding to create an encrypted channel that relies on the remote server and the browser of the user. This is a more appropriate way to process this sort of data than with HTTP. 

Thanks to this safer method, we ensure that private information cannot be taken inappropriately if the hacker wants to interfere in the transmission of data. If this were to happen, the hacker would only find encrypted data that cannot be deciphered. The standard port that is used for this protocol is 443.

HTTPS is highly important when using public Wi-Fi, since you are linked to others on the same network, so it is vital to encrypt your data and just use HTTPS pages. Visitors should verify the safety status of the website on their browser by searching for a padlock icon in the address bar that visually shows the proper application of the HTTPS.

What’s the Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS?

HTTP Safe (HTTPS) is a secure implementation of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) for secure online transactions. The distinction is easy to see, because with the HTTP protocol, URLs start with http://and HTTPS start with https://, highlighted with a green clickable icon (where we can check the certificate).

Another discrepancy is that HTTP uses port 80, while the safest protocol uses port 443, as we have already mentioned. The key reason why HTTP Secure was developed was to prevent man-in-the-middle and eavesdropping attacks that happened using an unencrypted protocol where hackers could easily access details. 

How are you Applying HTTPS?

In order to prepare a web server to allow HTTPS connections, the web administrator must establish a public key certificate for the web server. This credential must be approved by the regulator, or it would not be recognized by the server. This authority certifies that the issuer of the credential is legitimate and allows browsers to validate their authenticity automatically.

How Do I Get an SSL Certificate?

You can get a free SSL certificate (using Let’s Encrypt) that needs an upgrade every three months, or you can pay between US$13 and US$1,500 per year.
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