Raising the standards of trust:
Chrome and Firefox are the first browsers to take an HTTPS-first approach. Here’s how to get your website ready.
Why do you need to deploy HTTPS?
Deploying HTTPS on your website with a valid SSL/ TLS certificate for your domain has long been a security best practice for website owners from website security purpose, whether you own one domain or dozens, and whether you process transactions or not. SSL/ TLS provides a measure of trust for your users and customers, especially when your certificate is issued by a reputable Internet security company, known as a Certificate Authority (CA). Over the last few years, the need for security has grown—due to the expanded role of the internet and the amount of sensitive data that is exchanged online, and due to rising expectations of almost every major Technology Company.
SSL is now a precondition for the modern web. Browsers have already begun giving preferential treatment to HTTPS. New web technologies, which unlock performance benefits and rich functionality, require HTTPS. Now, the latest changes to the Google Chrome and Firefox browsers are making SSL/TLS certificates more important than ever before. In fact, for many companies, having an SSL/TLS certificate will be vital to continued business operations.
How does this affect your website?
Chrome is not the only browser discouraging use of the unencrypted and unsecure HTTP protocol. Firefox displays a broken lock icon (with a red strike-through) in the address bar when a page containing a password field does not have an HTTPS connection, in addition to a in-form warning. This feature was added to Firefox in 2017. Warnings and negative indicators for HTTP pages most likely will expand like Google Chrome. Safari also added a similar warning in earl 2018.
Regardless of the type of content and business size, all websites need to be using HTTPS (the secure version of the HTTP protocol which uses SSL/TLS to provide an authenticated and encrypted connection). In addition to ensuring visitor privacy, websites deploying HTTPS will also enjoy higher search engine rankings, have the ability to leverage HTTP/2 performance enhancements, and be able to prevent third-party content injection (such as ads inserted by an ISP or Wi-Fi hotspot), resulting in a better user experience.
Why Is the Internet Moving to a “Secure by Default” Model?
Many people do not understand that HTTP is inherently unsecure. When you connect over HTTP, which is an unencrypted and unauthenticated protocol. Any server could be providing you with a response; and it may not be the one you want to talk to. That means when you visit “http://www. MyFavoriteWebsite.com,” you may actually be talking to another server pretending to be your favourite site.
That’s due to a lack of authentication, which makes it as easy for servers to impersonate, or “spoof” each other, as it is to write the wrong name on a nametag and pretend to be someone else. Anyone can read the data sent from your computer over to the server such as ISPs involved in the connection.
HTTPS solves both of these issues. Your website’s SSL certificate provides cryptographically verifiable proof of your identity. A CA (such as GeoTrust)It verifies with industry standard methods and then digitally “signs” your website. This provides the authentication which makes it impossible for any other server to impersonate or spoof you. The SSL/TLS protocol provides the encryption. So no one else but the computer/server at the other end of the connection can read the data being transmitted.
Read this whitepaper to know how to get your website ready.