It's time to switch to HTTPS
What is HTTPS and SSL?
Very simply, if you want your site to be more secure and your customers to see the lovely green padlock in their browser, then you'll need an SSL Certificate which will allow you to use HTTP Secure or HTTPS.
Does my site need it?
Whenever you access a website, there isn't a direct link between your computer and the web server. If you're not using HTTPS then any information you exchange (login details/passwords/forms/etc.) is sent unencrypted in plain text that could potentially be read.
2. SEO (Google Ranking)
Google will now rank websites higher that have SSL certificates.
3. Wifi Securify and Popups
HTTPS is especially important when people are browsing from insecure connections such as a public wifi hotspot. Even if the owner of the wifi isn't trying to steal your passwords, they may insert ads in to web pages that never had them before. If your website is using HTTPS it will be encrypted so that this can't happen.
4. Browsers will Mark Your Site as Insecure
5. HTTP2 will Require It
HTTP2 has already been released, is faster and has more features, but to use it you will need SSL.
6. Service Workers do Require It
7. You won't know where some of your traffic is coming from
A lot of important decisions can be made by looking at your web traffic and where it comes from. However, tracking tools cannot detect traffic from sites that run on HTTPS if you still run on HTTP. As more and more sites switch to HTTPS, you will start to get less and less data about where your visitors have come from.
Are there any reasons not to switch to SSL?
- There's a small yearly cost involved to buy the certificate and update a website to use it.
- There is a small performance hit to encrypt the connection which may slow a site down very slightly. In practise this isn't really noticeable.
So essentially, it's almost definitely the right time to install an SSL Certificate and start using HTTPS!
What do you think? Do you use SSL already? Do you think it's a good idea but don't know where to start? Let us know in the comments!blog comments powered by Disqus