HTTPS protecting all internet users
There are many dangers you may encounter when surfing an unsecured website. However, there are many steps to follow to decrease the likelihood of getting your information stolen. Using websites with an HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) domain is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the internet as it creates a more secure connection when you visit websites. A secure connection is a connection that is encrypted by one or more security protocols to ensure the security of data flowing between two or more nodes.
Here are four ways that HTTPS helps to maintain a safe internet connection:
- On a regular HTTP site, your credit card information and passwords can be obtained, read and even changed by anyone connected to a website’s server. HTTPS encrypts that data and keeps it safe every time you enter these characters online.
- HTTPS protects your browsing habits. Anything you read or do online that you don’t necessarily want anyone to know about is better protected when those sites use HTTPS.
- HTTPS gives you peace of mind by assuring you that a website with that little padlock in the address bar is definitely who they claim to be. Websites need to get a certificate that cannot be faked in order to get that padlock.
- HTTPS prevents anyone on your local network from tampering with the data, ensuring data integrity. Without HTTPS, someone can block parts of a webpage or even multiple pages on a domain.
Choosing not to use HTTPS on your website puts you in a position where malicious things could happen, such as fraud, identity theft or compromised data. Using a site with HTTPS adds another layer of protection against the vast and volatile threat landscape that we are all exposed to.