What Is the Difference Between HTTPS and HTTP?

What Is the Difference Between HTTPS and HTTP?

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about why your business should move from HTTP to HTTPS, but that doesn’t mean you understand why that move is so important. Here is everything your business needs to know about the difference between HTTP and HTTPS and what it means for you.

What Is HTTP?

HTTP is Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Whenever you place HTTP in your web browser before a domain (along with ://), it informs your browser that it needs to connect via Hypertext Transfer Protocol to send and receive data. While the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) gets the job done when handling data, it hasn’t changed much since it started being used in 1974. While this method of browsing is still very popular, it leaves much to be desired when contrasted with HTTPS.

What Is HTTPS?

HTTPS is Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. Whenever you put HTTPS in your address bar before a domain, it tells your browser to connect to a site over HTTPS instead of HTTP. While HTTPS also utilizes TCP, it uses a different port with a connection that is encrypted by Transport Layer Security (TLS). HTTPS was first created by Netscape in 1994 to use with the browser.

HTTPS utilizes an encrypted connection, which protects the information being sent and received. If a website is using HTTPS and secure, it will have an SSL certificate. These certificates are signed by a Certificate Authority (CA), and every browser has a list of valid CAs. What does this mean to you? If you are browsing on a site with a valid CA, a green padlock will show up in the address bar.

Your Customers Want to See HTTPS

According to a recent survey, almost 85% of customers will abandon a shopping cart or purchase if data will be sent over an unsecured connection (HTTP) and almost 30% specifically look for a green padlock in the address bar. While many small businesses write off HTTPS as something to do in the future, it will negatively impact your business now and in the future.

Work With the Right Partner

Finally, you should work with IT professionals who can assess your current privacy and data security strategy and recommend new safeguards.By discussing your unique goals and limitations with an IT partner like Computer Services Unlimited, Inc., you will end up with excellent technology that improves and protects your business. Contact Kevin Spargo for a free assessment at (410) 484-7380 ext.108 or kspargo@csu-md.com.

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