If you are an online business owner or thinking of creating one there is one important thing you need to consider regarding your website: Having the highest level of security possible.
As technology has continued to evolve so hasn’t the ever-growing presence of the hackers who exist in the world seemingly to cause others nothing but grief. Most notably this can be seen on websites posted online worldwide that get infiltrated by the minute.
So, the question posed in the title asks, do you encrypt a website? If you don’t as an online business owner than you can be asking for trouble that you do NOT need! And in the end in some cases, it could cost you $$!
I previously have posted an article that dealt with the best security tools in running a website.
This article will deal specifically with website encryption – and why you NEED to have it if you own an online business.
As part of what is my top recommendation, members who own an online business through this program for the past several months now have the capability of having secured and encrypted websites. The best thing is that we are NOT charged extra for this new feature!
So, what is the big deal about an https encrypted website you ask?
Https stands for the following: “Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure”. It is one added step regarding security over just http: or “Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. Notice that the “S” for “security is not in the second prefix.
All websites on the Internet begin with either the “http” or “https” prefix. The issue is that the former, (http) does NOT provide the measure of security and protection against “man-in-the-middle” attacks. In otherwards those nasty hackers who lurk unseen on the Internet but who do a LOT of damage to insecure websites.
Besides being able to prevent “man-in-the-middle attacks against unencrypted, (http prefix) websites, those that are secure with the https prefix according to Wikipedia are:
In practice, this provides a reasonable guarantee that one is communicating with precisely the website that one intended to communicate with (as opposed to an impostor), as well as ensuring that the contents of communications between the user and site cannot be read or forged by any third party”. (Un-quote)
Heavy stuff, right? But in plain English having an encrypted website with the https prefix allows for better communication between a website and its host. This communication is protected against hackers tampering with the website.
In addition, the contents of any communication between a visitor and site owner cannot be read or forged by an outside party.
One other important tidbit which is also found in that same Wikipedia article: As many people browse online daily through insecure networks, (such as internet cafes, airports, etc.) on their laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices; any other person can “sniff” or see what is being done quite easily when that individual is on an unsecure, and unencrypted http prefix website.
Having an encrypted site with the https prefix just makes everyone’s lives that much easier as the criminal deviants of the world cannot eavesdrop while a person is at a site and perhaps buying something using a credit card.
What is the meaning of that green “lock” symbol found to the left of a website’s https prefix?
If you notice the green lock symbol to the left above looking at the address for this article, it means this post page is secured and encrypted.
I’m sure that many of you have purchased something online using a credit card at for example Amazon’s huge online store.
If you were to go to Amazon, notice that even before you sign in, on the top left hand side of the site’s address you see the green lock symbol.
That would be telling you that Amazon’s site is secured and encrypted. It would be safe for you to use your credit/debit card to make a purchase of a product.
Similarly, if you go to a site that just has the http prefix and no lock symbol whatsoever. . . my friend you’d be taking a real chance by using your credit/debit card to complete a transaction.
Odds would be that someone, somewhere around the world would be looking at what you’d be doing as you purchase a product. The site would be very unsecured, unencrypted and just plain unsafe!!
Before you would know it, that dishonest individual who could be thousands of miles away from your location suddenly would have your credit/debit card info. Chances would be in minutes that suddenly unauthorized charges would appear on your card, not coming from you!
Also, if there is a lock symbol present to the left of the website address and it either is not green in color and/or broken; something is WRONG at the present moment with that site. Leave the site immediately and do not purchase anything!
If made available, is it easy to convert a business website to one that would be encrypted?
The important thing would be that first, encryption for a website be made available by whoever is hosting an online business.
As I mentioned once before, looking at what is my top recommendation for learning how to run a legit online business from home, the company that I am affiliated with made this type of website encryption available for all members.
The company is called Wealthy Affiliate. As the company also hosts all members’ websites several months ago they made it possible for everyone to add in the encryption feature. This feature was made FREE to all members!
As far as converting this very site several months ago from http to the https prefix it was done in about 20 minutes. We were provided with visual training which was also presented in a step-by-step sequence.
It was recommended that I add in one plug-in to my site called: “SSL Insecure Content Fixer” which easily visualizes any possible errors on any page/post which would be temporarily preventing it from being converted to the https protocol.
Truly, a 12-year old kid considering how adept so many pre-teens are at that age regarding computer technology, could have converted a website on his/her own without parental supervision by simply following the directions that were provided to us.
Any individual serious who runs an online business selling products on a website must consider the features available in making it as secure as possible.
It can only be accomplished by having a website that is encrypted. Unfortunately considering the percentage of people who exist online who are less than trustworthy, security regarding a business website should be a serious consideration for any owner.
My Top Recommendation Has Encryption Available For the Business Owner’s Website(s)!
Wealthy Affiliate that has been in existence since 2005. With over 800,000 members at one time or another during that time span, it is the most legit program online that would teach you how to create a business for yourself working from home.
As I have also emphasized above, at Wealthy Affiliate all members now have the opportunity with the company hosting all websites to have them encrypted and secured with the https feature. And it would come at NO additional charge!!
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