6 reasons why https is so important
You and I –we're online targets. Vulnerable to hacker attacks that transpire every 39 seconds.
Protecting yourself or your website users is critical – whether you run an e-commerce store, a banking application or a web radio station.
You can encrypt your website using an SSL certificate:
Is this hard to do? No...
You install an SSL certificate on your server. This will establish an encrypted link from the visitor's browser to your server.
If an unauthorized third-party...like an hacker...intercepts the communication, they can't read it without the encryption key.
You can get a free SSL certificate
You heard that right!
Anyone can get a free SSL certificate with https://letsencrypt.org/. Most web hosts can provide the certificate with a one single click installation process.
Let's Encrypt is not only free, but it issues trusted certificates that are recognized by all modern web browsers.
How do you know a site is secure?
Sites with SSL have an "s" after "http" in their URL. You may also see a locked padlock icon in the address bar.
I don't collect sensitive information. Why do I need SSL?
Good question. I'll explain:
Nowadays, encryption has become necessary for all websites regardless if they collect user information or not.
Otherwise, non-encrypted information is left wide-open for malicious hackers or eavesdropping companies, who can see what you're up to online. Also...
Your users can fall victim to man-in-the-middle attacks. Whereby, an intruder grabs data before it arrives at the server.
You definitely need SSL security on your RADIO website:
You should be using an online radio player and website that's HTTPS compatible and here is why:
1. It protects your site from tampering
With an unsecured radio website, malicious third-parties can inject ads into your pages, install malware to track visitors, or even steal sensitive information.
Website components like images, HTML code, cookies, and radio broadcasting player scripts are all vulnerable to exploitation.
HTTPS protects against this.
2. Google likes and rewards secure websites
In 2014, Google made an update that gave a minor ranking boost to websites with HTTPS. Also note...
Most of the world’s web browsing is done through mobile devices. In turn, Google is emphasizing websites with mobile versions.
Google will look at the content on mobile-friendly websites when determining how to list search results. However….
If a website’s content is equal to that of another, but one is HTTPS protected while the other is not, the secure one will rank higher.
Do you want to be listed on Google’s first page?
3. Your listeners need HTTPS to trust you!
Web users have become savvy...
They'll look for the green lock on websites they are visiting. It makes them feel secure.
In other words:
If you ask for their information on a secure site, it will alleviate their privacy concerns. But remember this:
If you embed a radio player using the HTTP protocol on an SSL secured website, the visitor’s web browser will alter them of unsecured elements in your page.
4. All sites benefit because possible personal identifies are protected
You may use a computer to read articles about a sensitive health issue. Then, you log in to another website, which asks for your email address & name.
An intruder may look at your browsing activity on unsecured sites and identify you by cross-referencing data from multiple sources.
Now, this shows that HTTPS is not only for websites holding sensitive data. Preferably, all sites should use HTTPS to prevent de-anonymization.
5. For offline applications and geolocation APIs
The world wide web is moving towards geolocation APIs, offline application experiences and workflow platforms that require access permission from the end-user.
Just imagine what would happen if an unsecured website gained access to your location or any personal data. And a malicious party intercepted it.
That's what makes SSL important.
6. HTTPS is required for accelerated mobile web pages
If you're a mobile web user, a lot of your searches through Google will bring back results with a lightning bolt next to them.
These are called accelerated mobile pages or AMP. They contain a stripped-down HTML that makes them light and AMPs only appear if they are SSL certificate enabled.
Finally —avoid giving out your private information on websites that don't use SSL.
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