Personal data is constantly being exchanged on websites, therefore effective cybersecurity has never been more important. With an endless amount of hackers trying to take and misuse others personal information, it has become vital that you adopt every technique you can to reduce the risk of this happening. Especially now GDPR has come into effect, your business’ website needs to be protecting all personal data or face the possibility of large fines or even prosecution.
One way to secure your site is SSL Certificates. We have previously spoken about what they are, the types available and how they can affect your search rank, now we discuss their future in your business.
One thing's for sure, SSL Certificates are here to stay. Their importance has not decreased since their creation in 1995, and their importance doesn't seem to be decreasing any time soon. They will remain a key part of your website’s security.
Previously, HTTPS was used to secure sites alongside SSL Certificates. HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. This is the secure version of the transfer of files between a website and your browser. All websites require HTTPS so that they can ensure any personal data, such as credit card information, is protected and secured. It also shows web visitors that the website can be trusted, therefore customers will be more likely to complete a purchase.
However, there were downfalls to the original HTTPS system therefore HTTPS/2 was developed to help eradicate those problems. Even with the development of HTTPS/2, all web browsers agree that all sites require an SSL Certificate in order to benefit from the new internet protocol.
Benefits of HTTPS/2 include:
- Requests and response will not block each other
- A single TCP (Transmission Control Protocol, this is what allows computers to communicate) connection will be used, meaning less errors will occur and allows less confusion between systems
- No need to apply unnecessary optimisation techniques to the site
- Reduced delay before a transfer of data
- Have a faster web performance
- Have better search rank
- Less prone to technical errors
- Reduce digital footprint
- Eliminates the original HTTPS’ security concerns
Better processing of data between client and server
The last update occurred in 1997, therefore the development of HTTPS/2 means we doubt any other improvements will happen for a VERY long time. Due to this, and what we know about SSL Certificates we are sure the future of this security element for websites is that they will remain essential! You have heard the saying, ‘It is better to be safe than sorry’, the same goes for your website.
If you would like more information about SSL Certificates, please do not hesitate to contact us- Give us a call on 01702 410663 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org