The Internet is not a very safe place for confidential conversations. There are thousands of snoopers waiting to steal your personal information-your street address, phone number, and credit card information. This is why most companies use the secure HTTP (HTTPS) protocol when handling confidential tasks. Today we will discuss HTTPS and discuss whether we really need to use it in our website.
Some technical tea
HTTP is a protocol used by web servers and clients (browsers) to communicate and transfer web pages and files. There are many other protocols, such as FTP, SSH, and BitTorrent.
HTTPS is a secure version of the HTTP protocol, which uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption. How SSL works in the background requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a deep understanding of cryptography. Because of the abstract concept, we don’t have to worry about it. Just remember:
HTTP + SSL = HTTPS
In short, HTTPS uses a “handshake mechanism” that matches public and private keys before transmitting data. After the handshake is complete, a connection will be established and a secure session will start. When you visit an HTTPS site, all of this happens almost immediately before you see the green indicator in the browser’s address bar.
Four reasons why HTTPS is great
1. First-class security: With SSL, your connection is encrypted.Create a virtual tunnel through it Only server and browser can communicate. No one else can explain the channel. Even if the attacker enters the channel, he cannot understand the encrypted data. He needs a private key that only the browser knows.
2. Review: HTTPS requires an SSL certificate, and obtaining the latter for the enterprise is a serious process. It requires the submission of official documents verified by a certificate authority (CA). Only when the file passes the verification test will the SSL certificate be issued.
3. Legalize the business: When you visit an SSL secured site, you can determine the trustworthiness of the site. You can always obtain the necessary contact information of the owner from the SSL certificate of the site.
4. Data integrity: Data integrity refers to the consistency between the requested data and the actual received data.Consider this example: someone visits your website for a specific post XYZ server setup instructions. At the end of the post, you will leave an affiliate link.On an insecure site, an attacker can easily take advantage of the connection and send the visitor compromise data. He will most likely replace your affiliate link with a phishing link. Therefore, there is a huge difference between the requested data and the actual received data-the integrity of the data is destroyed. With SSL, none of this is possible!
This is the capture:
Required to establish a secure connection Powerful computing power By the server and the client.This result is a Slower transfer rate Compared with HTTP. This is why most websites don’t always use HTTPS. They will wait until the moment you try to log in or make a purchase. E-commerce sites such as Amazon and Newegg follow this rule. In this way, the browsing speed is very fast and the purchase is also very safe.
Does my WordPress website really need HTTPS?
Good question, but it is not a simple yes or no answer. So let us discuss it in detail.
Search engines prefer HTTPS sites (yes)
This is a quote Recent posts On the Google Webmaster Central blog.
…In the past few months, we have been running tests to consider whether the site uses a secure, encrypted connection as a signal in our search ranking algorithm.
This does not mean that if there is no HTTPS in your site, your SERP ranking will drop. Currently. Vigilant people see it as an early indicator of future development. Many people are complaining and questioning Google’s decision. Why on earth should you use HTTPS on your static blog? Prevent hackers from reading visitor comments? Oops, even the Google webmaster blog does not use SSL!
Scenarios where the website should use HTTPS
In many cases, HTTPS should be used as an additional layer of security. Here are some examples where it should be applied:
1. E-commerce store
If you use WooCommerce or iThemes Exchange to run a WordPress store, the most sensible approach is to use HTTPS in the transaction page of your site. As you know, HTTPS is slower than HTTP, so it will affect the user’s browsing experience. But when it comes to someone’s confidential information (such as home address, phone number, or credit card details), it’s necessary to sacrifice speed for safety. You should always use HTTPS in the following situations:
- New user registration or login
- User is about to pay
2. Donation page
Some sites display a small donation button in their sidebar, and almost all sites do not use HTTPS. This is where things can go wrong. Because the site is not secure, attackers can easily manipulate the site’s data to display fraudulent information—for example, replacing the PayPal donation button with a phishing site. When the visitor (not the donor) clicks on the fraudulent link, his account is at risk of being stolen. Therefore, if you use the donate button on your website, try to incorporate SSL.
3. Member website
Many Internet entrepreneurs use WordPress to run private forums and membership sites.Such sites contain private Data-data you don’t want the public to see. If you use SSL in this situation, it will eliminate data integrity threats and create a secure environment for your member interactions. It’s like hitting two birds with a stone:
- Better security
- Enhance customer confidence and trust
4. Websites that have been hacked in the past
If your site is the victim of a targeted attack or has been hacked recently, you should seriously consider switching to an SSL-encrypted site. You can use your personal expertise and/or with the help of a WordPress security expert (such as Sucuri) to recover from a hacked site.
To protect yourself from future attacks and add an extra layer of security, please enforce the use of HTTPS throughout the site. However, because SSL consumes a lot of server resources, your site may become very slow, depending on your server configuration. You don’t want that. Therefore, you can also selectively use SSL only on the login page and when working in the WordPress admin dashboard.
Set up SSL in WordPress
Setting up SSL is a complicated and tedious process. It requires technical expertise, a lot of time, and there is a lot of room for error. I strongly recommend talking to your hosting manager to help you set up SSL (check GoDaddy, through our link, you can save 25% on SSL certificates). If you decide to switch to an HTTPS site, you can safely assume that your budget can include the cost of hosting the WordPress hosting company.
We WPExplorer uses WPEngine, and our website is protected from hackers, malware and DDoS attacks. In addition, it is really fast. Companies such as WPEngine provide you with the option to purchase an integrated SSL certificate. Costs range from US$49 to US$199 per year. You can also use third-party SSL, and they will help you set up and configure HTTPS on your site.
Over to you-what are your thoughts on this particular topic? Yes or no on HTTPS? Have you used SSL on your site before? Please share your thoughts with us!