The Importance Of Running An HTTPS Website

    NAGW Navigator: Volume 1 • Issue 2 • Fall 2017

    Today, it is more important than ever for your websites to be accessible via HTTPS.

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    HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure and it is a method for encrypting your website data and demonstrating that your website is authentic. HTTPS uses the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to provide data encryption and a safe tunnel between the visitor’s browser and the website server.

    With so many hacks and data compromises making the news, you want your visitors to trust that they have made it to your official site and that interactions with your website are secure. In the days to come, non-HTTPS content will become harder to access because web browsers now prevent mixed content from displaying. For example, if you try to embed an HTTP website within an HTTPS website using an iframe, web browsers will block the content from displaying.

    To ensure you are using HTTPS instead of HTTP, you need to install a security certificate on your web server. You can purchase a security certificate at around $200/year or you can use a free service such as Let’s Encrypt.

    This is such an important issue and we want you to become the champion of running an HTTPS website in your organization. Talk to your IT department, your website hosting vendors, and your cloud-hosted web application vendors and tell them you want to switch your website to HTTPS. You should also add this as a standard requirement for your request for proposals and software contracts.

    Together we can encrypt the web and make it a more secure experience for everyone!

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