In order to provide the best service for our clients, Resite will be following Google’s lead to help secure web traffic. To do that we are working to add SSL certificates to all our websites, which will not only secure the information passed through them but may also boost organic rankings as search engines prioritize SSLs in the future. Visit our last post to read more about why this change is necessary. Below are some frequently asked questions in regards to SSLs:
- What’s the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?
HTTP is a common language that a web server uses to send a web page to a browser. HTTPS is an extension of HTTP that secures the connection between the browser and web server so that any information passed back and forth is encrypted. A visual cue that you are on a secure site, is the presence of a green padlock icon. HTTPS has long been standard for websites that deal with sensitive information, such as e-commerce and banking websites.
- What is SSL?
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a standard security technology for encrypting network communications. SSL is used in common web applications such as email and banking transactions and is a common way to convert HTTP to HTTPS.
- What is the immediate benefit of an SSL connection on your Resite website?
Potential to improve your search engine optimization rankings. In 2014 Google announced sites using a secure, encrypted HTTPS connection will begin to see a slight boost in rankings. This slow rollout allowed for website owners to start their own research and education on how to implement secure connections for their websites.
- What are additional benefits of HTTPS on Resite websites?
User information is encrypted to prevent it from being read if it is intercepted by a third party. Additionally, website visitors are more likely to trust websites that contain an SSL certificate.
- What does SSL provide website users?
SSL creates a foundation of trust through a secure connection and encrypted communication. Visual clues, such as a green bar or lock, signify that a user is on a safe website, and lets users know that your website is reputable and trustworthy.
- How will the recent warning by Google effect websites with HTTP?
In April 2017 Google sent out a communication stating that beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show a ”Not secure” warning in two situations:
- When users enter data on an HTTP page.
- On all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.
We will be reaching out to customers to talk about options and to answer any other questions not mentioned above. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any immediate needs that should be addressed.