It is always advisable to protect your website with an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate; even if your site doesn’t handle sensitive communications, SSL provides critical security and data integrity for your users’ personal information as well as your website. However, having HTTPS is a now even more important. It is a requirement for many new browser features and Google is now recommending that ALL websites have an SSL certificate.
According to Google:
HTTPS helps prevent intruders from tampering with the communications between your websites and your users’ browsers. Intruders include intentionally malicious attackers, and legitimate but intrusive companies, such as ISPs or hotels that inject ads into pages.
Intruders exploit unprotected communications to trick your users into giving up sensitive information or installing malware, or to insert their own advertisements into your resources. For example, some third parties inject advertisements into websites that potentially break user experiences and create security vulnerabilities.
Intruders exploit every unprotected resource that travels between your websites and your users. Images, cookies, scripts, HTML … they’re all exploitable. Intrusions can occur at any point in the network, including a user’s machine, a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a compromised ISP, just to name a few.
- Intruders both malignant and benign exploit every unprotected resource between your websites and users.
- Many intruders look at aggregate behaviours to identify your users.
- HTTPS doesn’t just block misuse of your website. It’s also a requirement for many cutting-edge features and an enabling technology for app-like capabilities such as service workers.
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For more information on how to secure your website, please contact Bilberry Media.