The importance of encryption – using https:// on your website

You may have noticed a change in the left hand corner of the URL address bar recently. A little grey  ‘i’ in a circle has appeared in the URL of many websites. It looks like this:

 

 

So what is this symbol and why is it important?

Whenever information is sent over the web, it is either encrypted or unencrypted. Basically, if you are sending any personal information, like your name, address, passwords or credit card details, you want to ensure that information has been encrypted by the website first.

The little ‘circle i’ is telling you that information you are entering is not encrypted and your data is not going to be secure. 

Whenever you enter any personal information online, only do it if you see a Secure https:// to the left of the url, like this:

 

 

If you don’t see that green padlock and there is no ‘S’ on the end of ‘http’ then proceed with caution.

Should you use HTTPS on your website if you are a business owner?

The simple answer is yes. If you run a business website, you should have any pages that capture data encrypted. This does not mean every page needs https, but you should have https on any page that requires login details, or captures any personal information from visitors to your website.

You absolutely must have https:// on all pages that capture credit card details – without it, you are in breach of the terms of your payment processor and you need to be aware you would be liable for substantial costs if its proved your insecure site was scraped and customers credit card details were stolen.

As a business owner, you need to be aware that compliance in this area of website encryption and online security will continue to be tightened  – and expect to start hearing about enforcement from payment processors and credit card companies against businesses which continue to process credit cards on unencrypted websites.

If you would like to secure your website, we can help. Contact me via our contact page or, call me 0400 081 778.

Cheers for now,

Andrew

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