Doug Bedell — March 12, 2018, 4:24 pm

Web Service Providers Need to Be Using “HTTPS” – Here’s Why

For all of you concerned about computer security protocols (and we all should be) here, Naked Security advises, is something you should be doing: Pay heed to those mischievous letters at the top of a web page – HTTP or HTTPS.

They’re not just pesky code, but advisories as to whether your web hosting company knows, or is applying, the difference between them. “This isn’t an empty threat, Chrome has been turning the screw on HTTP for a number of years and Google Search already gives sites with HTTPS a boost in its search rankings. You should expect other browsers to follow Chrome’s lead.

“In other words, if you’re buying web hosting you’re going to want HTTPS. I wondered,” notes Naked Security writer Mark Stockley, “if the major web hosting companies were standing by, ready to help.”

Some are, some aren’t. This gets a bit complex, so we invite you to read on in the Naked Security piece to learn if your web service provider needs any rattling of their awareness. Four months is all the time left to get it right.

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