HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure)

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) is a secure version of the HTTP protocol for transferring data over the World Wide Web. HTTPS uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt communication between a browser and server, providing confidentiality, integrity and authentication to protect against attackers from intercepting and tampering with web traffic. This provides enhanced security to the majority of today’s WWW traffic.

How is HTTPS different from HTTP?

The main difference between HTTPS and HTTP is that HTTPS uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to protect data transferred between a browser and a server. This prevents attackers from being able to intercept and tamper with web traffic, providing enhanced security for the majority of today’s WWW traffic. Additionally, HTTPS provides confidentiality, integrity, and authentication benefits over HTTP.

What are the benefits of using HTTPS?

The benefits of using HTTPS include improved security, confidentiality, integrity, and authentication. It also builds trust in your website visitors and is a ranking signal in Google rankings. On the Google Search Central Blog, they wrote, “…For these reasons, over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal. …”