In the browser’s address bar, have you noticed either http:// or https:// at the beginning of website URLs? Casual internet users may not notice or pay attention to this, but whether a website begins with http:// or https:// is important, especially when entering personal information on a website.
In this age of cyber threats, data breaches and online uncertainty, consumers are losing confidence; however, fortunately there are ways to assure consumers that you are taking the necessary precautions to keep their data safe and secure. One of the best ways to instill confidence in your customers is by switching your HTTP website to HTTPS.
HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, is a structure for transferring and receiving information on the web. The problem with HTTP is that the data is transferred as plain text, meaning anyone that attempts to intercept this exchange of data between the browser and server can read the data relatively easily. On the other hand, HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure, or HTTPS, is a more advanced and secure version of HTTP and it encrypts this exchange of data with an SSL certificate.
Using an SSL certificate tells visitors that your website got verified and that their information is being handled safely.