-How to protect your customer’s personal information-

If you have had much experience at all on the web (or specifically hyperlinks), you have probably noticed the tag “http” that goes before your worldwide web URL on just about every website link there is.

  • What is “http”?
  • What does it stand for?
  • Why do I care??

The tag “http” stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol (jargin, jargin, jargin). Essentially, all that means to you is “http” is the messenger that goes to a web server (a storehouse for web content) requests data (HTML, CSS etc.) and then retrieves this data back to your web browser in the form of a website…basically!

  • What does all this have to do with web security?

Take note of something…head over to your Facebook login page, or the “Your Account” page on Amazon. Or look at the image below:

httpDo you notice anything peculiar about the “http” section? (I am sure you do…you’re so competent!)

Two things:

  1. There is a miniature “padlock” icon
  2. There is an “s” added to “http”

As you can probably deduce from the padlock symbol, the “s” in “https” stands for “secure”. Ever wonder how sites like Amazon or eBay are legally able to acquire highly sensitive material (e.g. credit card, banking, personal info) and house it on something as volatile and unpredictable as the internet?

  • This is how. Each of those websites have been fitted with a license known as an SSL certificate.

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Through an algorithm, an SSL encrypts that housed, sensitive information so that unauthorized users cannot access it. SSL certificates exist on any site you see the “https” protocol on and are generally provided from hosting companies such as GoDaddy.  SSL certificates are absolutely necessary for any website that intends on using a web storefront (e.g. eCommerce) or any site that has personal data that could be a liability if compromised. On websites with SSL certificates you can even click on the miniature padlock and see all the information about that website’s security measures and who they are SSL certified through. Check it out!

At Josh Rogers Design we understand how important these security measures are not only for your liability, but for your clientele’s safety! If you need help getting your website SSL certified or are looking to build an online store front where these measures are necessary, let us know here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, we hope this provided more information on one way to make a website safe and how to keep content from getting into the wrong hands.

Stay secure,

-JR

 

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