Make Sure Your Website Is Secure - Don't Wait - Move From Http To Https
Original February 8, 2017
Is your website secure? Are the websites you are visiting secure? In the near future all browsers will be able to let you know if the data you are requesting or sending is secure.
If your website is unsecure, browsers will post warnings that appear in the address bar that state that any information transferred on the site could by stolen by a cyber thief. The data stolen could be your passwords, banking information or credit card information.
One big advantage is that it will help you improve your search engine ranking too, because Google and the other search engines prefer secure web sites.
How can you tell if your website or the site you are visiting is secure? In the address bar the beginning of the address will state either http:// or https://.
CityScope is secure and shows the green lock symbol, see below:
With the "s" added at the end of http this shows that the site encrypts data transferred and keeps it from being modified by a cyber criminal.
Steps to Moving to HTTPS
- Host with a dedicated IP Address **. For best security, SSL Certificates require your website have its own IP Address.
- Buy a SSL Certificate
- Activate the certificate
- Install the certificate
- Update your site to use HTTPS
**Most CityScope Hosting customers have a dedicated IP address for their website.
After your site is using HTTPS, it is advised to start changing all your references from http:// to https://. Your web developer will have a redirection from http to https, but it is better to have links go directly to the correct page. This can be done over a period of time.
Here is a list of places to change your website address:
- Online Directories: Yellow Pages, Yelp, Merchant Circle, Dmoz.org, etc...
- Social Media Accounts: Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc...
- Google My Business, Bing Places, etc..
- Google Adwords, Bing Ads, etc...
- Any web sites that link to you, along with Chamber, News sources, etc...
- Use it on Printed documents so people know just by looking at it that you have a secure site.
For questions regarding HTTPS or to get started securing your site, contact CityScope Net.