Our lives are connecting to the Internet in more ways than ever before. Accessing resources on websites is essential to managing jobs, buying goods, accessing health care, and keeping up to date in our public and personal lives. Therefore, it is more important than ever to be able to access those resources securely and confidentially. To accomplish this, websites providing services and content use HTTPS connections.
HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, which is fancy technical jargon for:
“My connection to a website is private, so the information that I exchange with the website is only seen by myself and the website”.
Browsers verify valid HTTPS connections by checking a website’s SSL certificate and then using a process called Public Key Infrastructure to create a secure connection between a client computer and a website server via a cryptographic protocol called Transport Layer Security / Secure Sockets Layer (TLS/SSL).
Checking if a website has an HTTPS connection is easy, simply look at the top left portion of the browser (the leftmost area of the URL bar). If there is a Green Lock pictured then the website has HTTPS enabled and the connection is secure and encrypted.
If there is a Red Lock or Info / Not Secure Icon, then the connection is not secure and not encrypted.
For a website that manages or asks for users to submit sensitive information, it is important to maintain a secure connection. Without a secure connection, users’ sensitive information, such as username and password, financial, and personal information could be compromised by a third party. If your website needs certificate installation for secure https connections, please call Red Sun Information Systems at (301) 857-7470 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving your needs!