SSL is a type of encryption protocol that secures data between web browsers and servers so that the data can't be intercepted. The SSL encryption prevents hackers from reading customer information. Any client / customer data captured on your website (credit card, mailing and/or emailing address) will be encrypted and so you customers and visitors can be confident that using their personal information is safe and secure on your website.
An SSL certificate is also essential to General Data Compliance (GDPR) if your website stores personal information.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the set of rules for transferring files: text, images, sound, video and multimedia files over the internet. As soon as a user opens their web browser, they are indirectly using HTTP.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a protocol that secures communication and data transfer between a user's web browser and a website. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP. The protocol protects users against eavesdroppers and man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks.
In summary, An SSL is a “secure socket layer." This layer encrypts any data between your webhost and your website. An HTTPS (hypertext transfer protocol secure) is a type of “secure website” and an extension of a basic HTTP site. This type of security protects any type of data sent between the web host and to the website. This includes assets such as video, audio, multi-media files, etc.
SSL and HTTPS and SEO
When we begin to understand that search engine optimization (SEO) has a direct correlation to user experience, the SEO benefit of implementing SSL and HTTPS become clear. Web browsers throw alarming warnings when a website is not encrypted and you, in so doing, have an adverse and undesirable user experience.
Secure Hosting and Monitoring Services
As technology experts, we understand the value of uptime – which is why we provide secure hosting solutions and 24/7 monitoring services that you can trust.
Please contact our hosting team to assess the state of your website’s security and help you receive the tools that are best suited for your brand.