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Back in 2014, Google said that if your website was HTTPS it would give that site additional ranking signal in search results. This is a good thing for businesses that have websites that are competing with other businesses for position on search engine results pages. Google also said they wouldn’t penalize the websites that are not secure. Well, at least not with their algorithm. In September 2016, Google announced that in January 2017 they would begin displaying the security of the connection in the address bar of Chrome version 56 and up on pages that display a password and/or a credit card field. This is the beginning of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP pages non-secure. HTTPS encrypts your visitor’s data and provides integrity, so that the no one can modify or read what’s being sent and received or perform a man-in-the-middle attack. It helps protect you from attackers big and small – from governments to coffee shop hackers. Five years ago, developers would have probably winced when asked to set up HTTPS. But today, with Parkingtim-hosting packages, it is a totally different story. HTTPS has gone from an essential yet sidelined technology, to one of the most important aspects of your website.
The term HTTPS is an acronym for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. In more simple language, HTTPS is the protocol used to keep communications secure over computer networks, including the internet.
The HTTPS protocol encrypts communications between the client and the server. This means that no one can listen in on a conversation, no one can tamper with data and no one can forge website information. This security keeps communications honest, and it keeps monetary transactions safe from hackers.
Secure Socket Layer is better known as SSL, and it can sometimes be used interchangeably with Transport Layer Security (TLS). Like HTTPS, SSL and TLS are both protocols that encrypt communications as they pass over computer networks.
In this case, an SSL certificate is used to encrypt the data as it is transmitted between the server and the client. This certificate incudes an encryption key that is placed directly on the server to protect the integrity of the communications.
Even if you can see the importance of the HTTPS and SSL encryptions, you may be asking yourself why these two terms are important to you right now.
Part of the answer goes back to Google’s 2014 call for all websites to become HTTPS-compliant. Most website URLs begin with “HTTP” and not “HTTPS” because these sites use unsecured protocol to transfer data between a web server and a computer or a smartphone. This unsecured protocol began to worry some people, especially customers, because they feared that their personal information and credit card data would be tampered with or stolen.
Those concerns were not unfounded, and now there is even more at risk than just credit cards and bank accounts. Google issued its decree because it found that authentication, data integrity and encryption are the three main reasons to secure a website with stronger protocols like HTTPS and SSL.
You must obtain a security certificate as a part of enabling HTTPS for your site. The certificate is issued by a certificate authority (CA), which takes steps to verify that your web address actually belongs to your organization, thus protecting your customers from man-in-the-middle attacks. When setting up your certificate, ensure a high level of security by choosing a 2048-bit key. If you already have a certificate with a weaker key (1024-bit), upgrade it to 2048 bits. When choosing your site certificate, keep in mind the following:
Redirect your users and search engines to the HTTPS page or resource with server-side 301 HTTP redirects.
Moving your website from HTTP to HTTPS is very much like migrating your website to a new URL structure, or even moving to a brand new domain. Past experience has told us that there’s so much that can go wrong if things aren’t implemented correctly. Google has given some guidelines on moving to HTTPS here and here, and Barry Schwartz over at Search Engine Roundtable covered the topic too. There are also a few other SEO aspects that you should take into consideration before you commit to moving your website to HTTPS. Firstly, you need to choose the right level of certification (i.e. 2,048 bit certificate) from an accredited/trusted provider. Once you’ve completed this step, there are a few other SEO considerations that will be important to migrating successfully:
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