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What does HTTPS mean in a website address?

February 22, 2017

 
 What is HTTPS?
  • Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure protocol through which your browser communicates with sites.

  • When using HTTP sites, any data that is transferred can potentially be accessed or manipulated by attackers. However, when using HTTPS sites, data is encrypted and authenticated and therefore secured.

  • We are committed to protecting your and your users data. Therefore, we are making it easy and free for your site to become HTTPS

Benefits of Using HTTPS

    • Your site visitors' information is encrypted, and therefore more secure.

    • Many users are more comfortable making purchases and sharing their personal information online when visiting secured sites.

    • Starting early 2017, Google Chrome will begin displaying warnings anytime that a user visits a site that is not using HTTPS. Therefore if your site is not secured, your site visitors will get a warning message anytime they access your site. 

    • Google ranks HTTPS sites more favorably. Converting your site to HTTPS will therefore improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

What is an SSL Certificate?
  • A Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL certificate, allows your site visitors to view your site over an HTTPS connection.  It secures the connection between your browser and the site you’re visiting. 

  •  This will provide your site with an SSL certificate. You can see if your site has an SSL certificate if the URL begins with https:// instead of http://. 

  • Your site URL used to display in a browser with an "i" icon to show that it had no SSL certificate:

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  • Your site URL will now be displayed in a browser with a green lock icon to show that it has an SSL certificate:

Using HTTPS on Older Browsers
  • Some older browsers don’t support the high security standards required by our SSL certificates. 

  • Unsupported browsers include: 

    • Google Chrome versions older than 6

    • Internet Explorer versions older than 7

    • Firefox versions older than 2.0

    • Safari versions older than 2.1

    • All versions of Internet Explorer on Windows XP

  • Unsupported mobile browsers include:

    • Safari browser running on an iOS version older than 4.0

    • Android browsers running on a version older than 3.0 (Honeycomb)

    • Windows Phone browsers running on a version older than 7

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