HTTP vs. HTTPS – Why is This Important?

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Last week I noticed that Google Chrome had been updated with a sleek new look to the browser. In addition, I suddenly began noticing flags in my Chrome browser alerting me that HTTP sites were not safe. (Now, I am not an authority on this subject, so please do your own research). I use a MAC so I decided that I would look into this situation and here is what I learned:

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HTTP VS HTTPS

The “S” matters! Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure.’ It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

Apparently, Google clamped down earlier this year on the HTTP sites. A good friend of mine was told that the alert message she received was coming from her web host. She had to purchase an SSL security certificate which converted her site to https.

Recently, Google started putting that ‘not safe’ messages on sites who haven’t converted. Also, be aware that Google isn’t going to show the HTTP sites in web searches.

As an author, it does not pay to have a website that is not secure. People, (me for one), do not want to visit sites that are flagged as unsecured. And, if you think that you will sell books from that site, you might be mistaken. If you don’t show up in Google searches because you have an HTTP address and no SSL security certificate then what good is your website?

NEVER use your credit card information on a site that only has an HTTP address. Be safe and only shop at reputable sites.

In case you were wondering… All WordPress sites were automatically updated by WP with https.

Another friend shared:

“I get the same messages on sites that don’t have a valid SSL certificate. On my iPhone, Apple blocks the sites, so even if I wanted to continue, the phone won’t let me. In my opinion, all authors who self-host should protect their site with SSL. Why risk losing potential readers? For only $16/per year (or something like that), it’s well worth the piece of mind.”

Online security should be on each and every one of our minds at all times. It is not silly to want to be safe and secure. Therefore, I will not share HTTP addresses from colleenchesebro.com. Thank you. ❤

Great ideaTell me what you think! AND, be nice or else… 😀

 

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