Secure or Not Secure (That is the question?)
Let start by apologizing for delay in the follow up of the previous blog, this is due to heavy workloads and trying to keep you our clients happy allowing you to delights your customers.
As promised in the last blog here is the next installment on our security topics and how we individually and as business stays secure in view of recent hacks and security breach that most advance infrastructures and businesses have experience like Sony http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34589710 or Bank http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/833440/italy-unicredit-bank-hacked-cyberattack-italian-banking-major-security-breach costing business millions of pound but most importantly brand damage.
You never leave your house door unlock or do the same to your business premises so why do it to your website where your clients interact and trust you to keep them and their details safe, as you also to your suppliers, you expect to feel safe transacting your business with them.
What is HTTP and HTTPS why do you need it?
As website security is an increasingly important issue in today’s interconnected world, criminal are always looking for a ways to phish, sniff and breach your clients records, listening to your messages while browsers and company like Google and web masters alike are taking more stringent measures to keep users’ information and web content safe. You can do the same by employing a secure sockets layer (SSL) connection on your website.
Enter HTTPS. Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure is the secure version of HTTP. It’s the protocol over which data is sent between a browser and the website to which one is connected. It means all communications between a browser and the website are encrypted by way of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or, its more evolved form, Transport Layer Security (TLS).
This will offer the data been scrambled like your tv channel when you don’t have the contract and can only be viewed by the designated user.
According to Google, there are three main reasons why you should always protect your sites with HTTPS.
Intruders both malignant and benign exploit every unprotected resource between your websites and users.
Many intruders look at aggregate behaviors to identify your users.
HTTPS doesn’t just block misuse of your website. It’s also a requirement for many cutting-edge features and an enabling technology for app-like capabilities such as service workers.
Users data have become and essential commodities to criminal and also website integrity, if your site is easily accessible criminal will do and this will in turn damaged your brand and name which will results to loss of business, hence the reason why HTTPS is becoming increasingly widespread. At the dawn of the century, HTTPS sites were mostly limited to those that dealt with payment transactions and the transmission of other sensitive information.
But in 2014, Google announced its HTTPS Everywhere initiative. The goal was to stimulate a wider adoption of HTTPS to authenticate a wider range of websites, while simultaneously highlighting the significance of website security.
With increasing demand for keeping user communications, identity and web browsing private, HTTPS is on the brink of becoming the standardized default. As of June 2016, 10.2% of Alexa top 1,000,000 websites use HTTPS as default, 43.1% of the Internet’s 141,387 most popular websites have a secure implementation of HTTPS, and 45% of page loads (measured by Firefox Telemetry) use HTTPS.
Always look out for the following before transacting with website where you will need to use your bank details;
Website always check the address have
The padlock icon and
The “https:” on the address bar,
And when you are redirected to a new page, make sure you still have the same as described above.
And, if you are not sure ring there official telephone number via the company website.
If you value your customers safety and also expect to be able to feel safe to tell your client their details are safe installation a SSL solutions is a way forward, if you need help and want to have a chat please drop me an email and we will be glad to help.
Stay safe and keep delighting your customers.