HTTPS is an Internet webpage protocol you can use to help make browsing experiences more secure for your visitors. HTTPS encrypts the communications between the site visitor and the webpage they are visiting. Why does this matter?
Let’s say the visitor is reviewing their previous order history on your ecommerce shopping website and you do not have HTTPS enabled. When the data between the customer’s device and your site is being exchanged, someone could “look over their shoulder” and discover their personal information, like their address, stored credit card number, and so on.
With HTTPS enabled, customer data, shopping experiences, and other such sensitive data is kept encrypted and puts your customers’ and site visitors’ at ease, knowing their data is being kept as secure as possible. Besides providing secure shopping for your customers, other reasons you will want to enable HTTPS includes:
How Do I Tell If a Site is HTTPS Enabled?
It is easy to tell which sites are HTTPS enabled by looking to the left of the web address and finding the padlock icon contained in today’s web browsers. If this padlock icon is green, it means the site is secure and data being sent back and forth is encrypted. If it is gray or any other colour, it often indicates the connection is not fully encrypted and others could potentially “eavesdrop,” so you should be extremely careful and avoid providing personal or sensitive information. Another way you can tell is by looking at the actual website address and if it begins with “https,” then it is a secure site.
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