One of the most common queries this year so far is regarding “HTTPS” and how to “secure their website”.

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. Simply put, it’s another layer of security which encrypts the data transmitted between the website and yourself. This enables sensitive information to be securely sent and reciprocated, without minimal chance of a security breach. Technically, data transmitted through the old HTTP protocol can be read by anyone connected to the same network; which for use at home is fine, however poses a security risk in public – perhaps at an airport or a coffee shop. HTTPS encrypts this data entirely meaning if anyone could read it – it’s completely obfuscated and therefore useless to any potential attacker. It’s akin to keeping a lock on your door.

Starting on 1st July 2018, all websites must have an HTTPS certificate, otherwise Google Chrome (the world’s most popular browser) will mark the website as unsafe and insecure.

When you visit a webpage which has a secure certificate installed, you can typically see a little padlock icon near the URL. It used to be that only banks or financial institutions used these, however due to the latest update in Chrome, it’s now necessary for all webpages small and large to have this installed correctly. Certificates must be renewed after a certain period, so you can therefore verify that websites are staying up to date with the latest technologies by this fact.

Luckily though, obtaining an HTTPS certificate and installing it on your webpage is quite straight forward and can usually be done quickly and on the same day. aWeb can help make this process painless, by taking care of the whole process from start to finish.

If you have any questions regarding HTTPS, our team would be glad to help. We’re located in Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol, and would be glad to meet for a coffee or answer any query you may have.